Thursday, July 11, 2013

IFPL Increases to Level 2 July 15

THIS NOTICE APPLIES TO COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS...           

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is increasing to Level 2 Effective 12:01 a.m. July 15th.

Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations, such as logging sites and other commercial operations. Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (two) takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 15, and includes the following restrictions:
·        The use of fire in any form will be prohibited

·        The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

·        The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

·        Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

·        Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide a two hour watchman service.

These regulations affect all state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The regulated use zones affected by this proclamation include SW-1, SW-2, SW-3, SW-4, SK-3, RR-1, RR-2 and RR-3, and all forestland within one-eighth of a mile of these zones.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, please call or visit the Southwest District Unit office nearest you:
·        Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
·        Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stratton Creek Fire - Human Caused (Vehicle)

Oregon Department of Forestry fire officials have released that it was a vehicle that started the Stratton Creek Fire located 11 miles southwest of Glendale and 14 miles northwest of Grants Pass. The 154-acre fire started in the Stratton Creek Ridge area between Stratton Creek Road and Hog Creek Road in heavy timber and steep terrain on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and eventually burned into public lands managed by Josephine County Forestry. The fire started around 3:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Further details are under investigation.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Stratton Creek Fire - 100% Contained


Crews have succeeded in completing a fire control line around the Stratton Creek Fire utilizing bulldozers, hand crews, and retardant dropped from two heavy type 1 airtankers; the fire was established as contained as of 7:00 p.m. yesterday evening. The 154-acre fire started in the Stratton Creek Ridge area between Stratton Creek Road and Hog Creek Road in heavy timber and steep terrain on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and eventually burned into public lands managed by Josephine County Forestry. The fire started around 3:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July and the cause is under investigation. Five 20 person crews, two water tenders, one bulldozer and six type-6 engines will remain on the fire through the week to fall hazardous trees, improve lines where need be, continue mop-up and begin rehabilitation where needed. The Stratton Creek fire is located 11 miles southwest of Glendale and 14 miles northwest of Grants Pass.

Stratton Creek and Hog Creek Roads are no longer being managed by Josephine County Search and Rescue and are open to the public.

No homes or other structures were lost in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 Estimated Control Date: Undetermined

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stratton Creek Fire - 80% Contained

Crews are expecting to have the Stratton Creek fire contained today by end of shift this evening around 6:00 p.m. Crews have been vigorously working to build a completed fire control line created from bulldozers, hand crews, and retardant lines around the fire since it started around 3:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July.  The Incident Commander for the dayshift on the fire also stated today that he is projecting that the fire will be in Controlled Status by Wednesday, meaning crews will have the entire fire and spot fire perimeters lined, hot spots extinguished, and the mop up process will be completed. Stratton Creek fire is located 11 miles southwest of Glendale and 14 miles northwest of Grants Pass. The 154-acre fire started in the Stratton Creek Ridge area on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and eventually burned into public lands managed by Josephine County Forestry.

Stratton Creek and Hog Creek Roads are no longer being managed by Josephine County Search and Rescue and are open to the public.

No homes or other structures were lost in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.