Wildland fire danger raised to 'extreme'
- Bill Sheehy
- Central Oregonian - News
August 23, 2001 -- Cooler temperatures are helping the state's wildland fire situation, although the Oregon Department of Forestry has moved the fire danger into the extreme range.
>An update on the major wildland fires still burning
The most recent update on the three major fires burning in Oregon are as follows:
The Monument Complex in north central Oregon is 29,000 acres and 65-percent contained. Heavy helicopters worked the Mallory Fire within the complex Monday to keep the fire from reaching heavily timbered areas of the Umatilla National Forest. Firefighters are making steady progress, but no containment or control dates have been set. Personnel on the fire total 1,200, including 200 National Guard troops.
The Bridge Creek Fire east of Pendleton is 9,230 acres and full containment was achieved last night. Control is expected Thursday evening.
Mop-up continues with a focus on the timbered draws of Bridge Creek, Day Creek and the north slope above the mouth of Fivemile Creek. Most of the firefighters were expected to be released by this morning. Highway 395 remains closed due to fire-fighting equipment traffic and debris. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is continuing clean-up work. No date has been announced for reopening of the highway. Personnel on the fire total 437. There are 12 engines, 10 dozers and 14 water tenders currently on the fire.
The Quartz Fire in southwestern Oregon is 6,170 acres and 80-percent contained. Mop-up is in progress. Suppression cost to date is $9.2 million; estimated final cost is $11 million. Ground infrared sensors are being used at night to locate hotspots. The National Guard crews will be demobilized Thursday. Personnel on the fire total 1,604. Equipment includes 48 engines, 11 dozers and six helicopters.
This year to date there have been 807 statistical fires totaling 45,646 acres. Of those, 299 were lightning-caused and 508 human-caused. Last year at this time, there had been 609 statistical fires totaling 9,451 acres. Of those, 137 were lightning-caused and 472 human-caused.