Crews work to complete the Game Hog Creek fire clean-up in the Tillamook Forest


The Game Hog Creek Fire in the Tillamook State Forest continues to burn over approximately six acres. “We are working to find safe ways to complete the cleanup,” wrote Mike Cafferata, ODF Forest Grove district forester, in an email sent late Wednesday morning.

An Oregon Department of Forestry helicopter travels to the Hornshuh Creek Fire Station in Buxton. Photo: Oregon Department of Forestry

What the Oregon Forestry Department now calls the Game Hog Creek fire in the Tillamook State Forest continues to burn over approximately six acres, although fire crews are close to the blaze clean-up stage. .

The fire burns in the understory of a dense stand of wood on a steep slope, making access to the area difficult.

“We are working to find safe ways to complete the cleanup,” wrote Mike Cafferata, ODF Forest Grove district forester, in an email sent late Wednesday morning.

The fire started on July 3.

Due to fire crews working in the area, the Idiot Creek area, located off of Highway 6 west of the summit, is closed.

Once the fire is extinguished and an investigation is completed, the area will reopen, the ODF said.

“Thanks to Ryan from the mountain biking community who reported a fire start he observed in the Idiot Creek area off Highway 6 late Saturday afternoon,” the department said in a report. message.

Teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry and staff from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office have been the agencies so far at the scene, with the help of an ODF helicopter, which had refueled. of fuel and had settled in Buxton at the Hornshuh Creek fire station in the Banks Fire District before setting out to fight the fires in the La Grande area.

“We really appreciate the fire station there and the way Banks Fire has made it available to us and other emergency services,” Cafferata said in an email to the post.

Cafferata said fireworks may have caused the blaze during a phone call, but noted the investigation was ongoing.

“This fire is a reminder that even Oregon’s coastal forests are slightly dry after an extended period of high temperatures and lack of significant precipitation. While the Tillamook State Forest experiences cooler evenings, higher humidities and even morning clouds due to its proximity to the coast, this is not enough to change the high fire danger conditions, ”a declared ODF.

The fire danger remains high in the Tillamook state forest, a point Cafferata made in an email Wednesday morning to loggers and other industrial forest users.

“The forest remains very dry,” he said.


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