Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Target Shooting Sparks Fire on Kershaw Road

For Immediate Release Contact: Ashley Lara 541-831-2778
Date: June 30, 2015


Target Shooting Sparks Fire on Kershaw Road

At 4:45p.m. dispatch received a report of smoke at the White City Shooting Range on Kershaw Road. Jackson County Fire District 3, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene to find a .10 acre fire moving up slope with high winds.

This is the fourth fire that has been reported in the area in the last month. The most recent being just a day before the Kershaw Road Fire started. Resources including, 5 Jackson County Fire District 3 engines, 1-20 person Jackson County Community Justice Crew,  7 Oregon Department of Forestry engines, 2-10 person handcrews, 1 tender, 1 dozer and a Type 1 and Type 2 helicopter. Crew moved quickly to form a wet line (a temporary control line using water to prevent fire from spreading) around the perimeter. The helicopters dipped out of a nearby pond, rotating bucked drops on the hot spots.

Within two hours, the fire was 100% contained with dozer line around the perimeter.  Crews worked overnight to mop-up the area. Jesse Blair, Fire Investigator for the Oregon Department of Forestry stated, “The fire has been deemed shooting related, and it moved quickly due to high temperatures and low humidity”. Though this fire was not started due to tracer ammunition, it is also important to state that according to ORS. 477.510 and ORS 477.512, the discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district are prohibited during fire season.

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Ashley Lara
Fire & Life Safety Specialist
Jackson County Fire District 3
8383 Agate Rd
White City, OR 97503
(541) 831-2778

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard Update

Southwest Oregon District is continuing to set record high ERC values and record low fuel moisture values for this time of year. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast over the area through the week with another chance of disturbance coming this weekend. Industrial Fire Precaution levels will increase to level 2 on Wednesday July 1. For the latest fire statistics and pocketcard please visit swofiredata.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST FIRE RECAP Firefighters continue to work on a number of fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Friday’s lightning storm ignited six known fires on the High Cascades Ranger District. All of these fires are now lined and in mop-up stage or declared out. The Buckskin Fire on the Wild Rivers Ranger District remains at 60% containment and crews continue to mop-up and rehabilitate fire lines. The Medford Air Tanker Base supported fires on the Umpqua National Forest and Prineville District BLM, reloading one Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), three heavy air tankers, and one Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT). The base has pumped 45,000 gallons of fire retardant to support the suppression efforts on these fires. Fire lookouts and aerial reconnaissance flights continue to search for sleeper fires that may pop up after smoldering undetected for several days. Yesterday a new fire start along the Pacific Crest Trail near Brown Mountain was the second human-caused fire on the forest this week and both were determined to have been caused by an abandoned campfire. Three other abandoned campfires have been reported this morning. Recent data from neighboring Coos Forest Protective Agency reports that human-caused fires in June 2015 have increased 300% from June 2014. Public Use Restrictions across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest go into effect at 0001 hours July 1. These restrictions will limit campfires to approved fire rings within forest designated campgrounds only, and will include limitations on smoking. “I continue to urge the public to be extra cautious with anything that can ignite a wildfire,” said Eric Hensel, Fire Staff Officer of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. “We are experiencing record setting burning conditions for this time of year and any careless spark risks the chance of becoming a large wildfire. Firefighters can’t control ignitions from lightning, but everyone has a responsibility to be fire safe, and to know and follow the current fire restrictions. Human caused fires are preventable.” The weather forecast calls for a continued threat of lightning in the area today, with a slight cooling trend during the first of the week returning to triple digits by mid-week and another threat of lightning by the end of the week into the 4th of July weekend. For current fire restrictions on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF go to: www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou. For fire restrictions on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in southwest Oregon, including lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management go to: www.swofire.com/p/fire-season-regulations.