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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

8/31/2016 NW Large Fire Statistics

2016 Northwest Fire Statistics to Date 

·         Since May 3rd , approximately 485,582 acres were affected by wildfire in the Northwest (NW):  
o   188,696 acres in Oregon and 296,886 acres in Washington.

·         There were a total of 2,124 reported fires in the NW Geographic Area:
o   1,040  in Oregon (human-caused 786, lightning-caused 254)
o   1,084 in Washington (human-caused 958, lightning-caused 126)

·         There were 61 fires meeting large fire* criteria:  26 in Oregon and 35 in Washington.

·         NW Incident Management Teams (Type 1 &Type 2) mobilized 16 times.

·         To date, a total of 20,965 lightning strikes have been recorded.  The largest number of strikes occurring in one day was 2319 (6/7).

·         In Oregon, the largest fire/complex is the Rail for a total of 40,785 acres.  

·         The largest fire/complex in Washington is the Range 12 at 176,600 acres.

·         The estimated total firefighting cost to date exceeds $89,200,470; this includes $56,585,029** in Oregon and $32,615,441** in Washington.

·         During peak fire activity, over 4,200 firefighters and support personnel were actively working on NW fires.

·         In Oregon, fires affected 75,627 acres of Sage-Grouse habitat:
o   Very high priority habitat = 0
o   High priority habitat = 19,757 acres
o   Moderate habitat = 55,870 acres

*To be considered a “large fire”, a wildfire must be at least 100 acres in timber or 300 acres in grass or brush.
not all costs have been reported

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