Roseburg, OR – August 21, 2014 – A smoke report which originated on August 12th was found yesterday and contained at a half acre on the North Umpqua Ranger District near Snowbird. Crews had been diligently searching for the fires location but due to the cooler weather last week and dense forest canopy it had remained undetected until yesterday. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol for holdover fires from lightning earlier this week.
The Malheur Rappellers and a medium helicopter out of John Day, Oregon have been stationed at the Toketee airstrip since August 13th. This aircraft and crew have been invaluable in assisting the forest with initial attack. Rapellers are inserted into areas on the forest with the most difficult and inaccessible terrain. Fire activity has lessened on the Umpqua and we will continue to share the rappellers and helicopter with the Willamette National Forest to aid in suppression efforts.
For the 2014 fire season there have been a total of 80 fires totaling approximately 22 acres. While we head into the weekend temperatures are anticipated to remain hot and dry. We want to thank the public for continuing to be diligent in making certain campfires are out while camping and enjoying the beautiful forest.
Call the Fire Information Line at (541) 957-3261 for the latest information on industrial fire precaution levels and public use restrictions.