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Scoggins Creek Fire News Release

Scoggins Creek Fire Update September 22, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

Incident: Scoggins Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/22/2014

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

September 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center
• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Co.
• Gaston RFPD
• Forest Grove FD
• Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief
• Washington County Animal Services

Current Situation:

At this morning’s 5:30 am briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the fire fighters, “Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 % of all smokes within 100 feet of the fire perimeter”. This process is referred to as “mop-up” which is the hard gritty job of digging up hot spots and using water to eliminate all heat from the 100 foot perimeter around the fire.

As crews and other resources begin demobilizing, the Team and local ODF fire staff are preparing a transition plan. The Team will transfer responsibilities to a smaller District organization to manage the fire after the Team leaves this week. The smaller organization’s main focus will be to monitor the fire and maintain the 100 ft. fire perimeter. Small smokes from the fire’s interior may be visible until the fall rains soak in and all the fire is extinguished.

Two small fronts are predicted to provide up to ¾” rain over the fire area by the end of the week. Fire fighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to fire fighters.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reduced all evacuation orders to Level 1. Residents are able to return to their homes.

The next news release will be Sept. 23, 2014, check social media sites for posts throughout the day.

Fire at a Glance (09/22/14)

Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 55%
Expected Containment: 9-23-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 25
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 8
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 669
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million

For More Information:

Twitter: @scogginsfire

Washington County Sheriff’s office at:
503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire


Unit Information

Forest Grove District - Oregon Department of Forestry
801 Gales Creek Road
Forest Grove, OR 97116

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