Message from your Safety Committee;
"Be Prepared for Extreme Fire Behavior"
Know your safety zones and escape routes.
Old Blue Mtn Fire Update
The level 1Evacuation Alert has been lifted as of 6 pm today. Wed. Aug. 20.
Crews continue enforcing the fire line, and will be seen working the fire for days. We can all sleep a little easier now!
Thank you for your support!
MOP-UP HITS HIGH GEAR ON OLD BLUE MOUNTAIN FIRE
Thousands of gallons of helicopter-borne water was poured on the Old Blue Mountain Fire Tuesday, significantly knocking out numerous hot spots within the 99-acre blaze that broke out late Monday during a thunderstorm. Early this morning, Incident Commander Steve Wetmore (ODF) reported “Old Blue is one hundred percent lined and one hundred percent plumbed,” meaning the fire line was completed overnight and a system of fire hoses now encircles the burned area.
The fire is 30 percent contained.
The firefighters’ objective today is to mop-up hot spots 300 feet inside the fire line and patrol outside of the fire line to watch for spot fires. Helicopters and air tankers are available, if necessary.
No new fires were reported yesterday on ODF’s Southwest Oregon District. Reconnaissance flights are in the air today to search for holdover fires from Monday’s thunderstorms.
A Level 1 evacuation alert (Be Ready) remains in effect for portions of Humbug Creek Rd. in Jackson County:
· All homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Rd;
· Addresses 2542 and above on the main fork of Humbug Creek Rd (the dirt portion).
The status of the evacuation level will be reviewed this afternoon. More progress on perimeter mop-up is necessary before removing the evacuation alert.
Also, the roadblock near the 4 mile marker on the right fork of Foots Creek Rd remains in place today.
ODF Southwest Oregon District fire activity information and current fire prevention regulations are posted online at www.swofire.com.
The Oregon Dept of Forestry and Applegate Fire District
are asking all residents above Left Fork of Humbug Creek Rd.
To use this time to be prepared, plan ahead for the potential of evacuation. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, pets and livestock.
FIRE DANGER GOES TO EXTREME
IFPL 3 STARTS MONDAY - AUG 4TH
Fire Season began, June 2nd, on all lands protected by by ODF. The Fire Danger increased to EXTREME on Saturday, June 19th.
The Industrial Fire Precaution increases to a level 3.
Equipment use IS PROHIBITED.
Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment
Debris burning is prohibited
Fireworks are prohibited
Exploding target and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
Campfires will be allowed only in DESIGNATED campgrounds.
Motorized vehicles will be allowed only on improved roads.
Follow the link for more information;
Fire Season News
A good resource for Fire News is SWOFIRE.com
This site keeps current with fire season conditions and current incidents. You will also find links to national fire news
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WILDFAIRE SEASON?
The following list are simple assessment steps that you can do to improve the survivability of your home during a wildfire.
- OVERVIEW OF SURROUNDINGS- How is your home situated in relation to fire behavior? Does vegetation allow for continuous fire spread?
- PEAK TO EAVES - Inspect the roof and remove litter from gutters and roof valleys. Has your chimney been cleaned?
- EAVES TO FOUNDATION- Are attic, eaves, vents and crawl space secure from allowing embers to enter? Is there any flamable vegetation under the windows? Combustible material under the deck?
- FOUNDATION TO IMMEDIATE LANDSCAPED AREA- Landscaped material next to the home should be fire resistant. Have you moved your firewood away from your structure now that winter is over?
- IMMEDIATE LANDSCAPED AREA TO EXTENT OF THE HIZ- Have you created a defensible space around your home? Check your access and egress for vegetation clearance.
For more information go to HIZ Assessments
For assistance in assessing your home, please give the District Office a call. Schedule a time for Chief Fillis or Ops Chief Wolfard to come out and assist you.
are open to the public;
Next regular Board meeting Wednesday June 18TH, 2014-
6 pm at Station 1
For more information visit the Board Page.
WE LIVE IN WILDFIRE COUNTRY
Being prepared is your best defense
This is a great time to take care of the little things that you can do to improve your survivabilty during a wildfire event.
You will give yourself and your family a better chane of escaping harm during a wildfire by taking some of these precautions;
Assess your property and Home for Wildfire danger.
Call the District Office to make an appointment.
Post a visible address sign.
First one is always free from HQ...
Create a survivable space by reducing fuels.
Maintain reduced vegetation around your home.
Clean gutters and roofs of debris.
Remove tree limbs that overhang roof.
Creat a Family Escape Plan.
Think about your animals too!
Call the District Office to set up a Fire Safety Education that is right for you! Ask for Carey; 541-899-1050
Call or stop by the District Office and request a Home Assessment
Now is the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years old and batteries as needed. Early detection is key to your survival. Remeber to check your batteries in the your carbon monoxide detectors also.
Having a properly operating smoke alarm outside each sleeping area, knowing two ways out, when you get out - stay out, and having a meeting place is the safety message are all part of a family escape plan.
Does your Family have an Escape Plan?
Do you know two ways out of each sleeping area?
Have Smoke Alarms been installed and checked for working condition?
These are the simple things that you can do to ensure the
safety of your family.
Please contact Carey @ the District Office for more information