From Siuslaw National Forest
Waldport, OR—The Cummins Creek Fire is still under an acre in size and continues to burn in steep rocky terrain in a drainage surrounded by heavy brush. Firefighters worked yesterday to secure a line around the top and side area of the fire perimeter. The cause remains under investigation.
“Due to the remoteness of the area, a helicopter has been ordered to deliver water to the bottom of the fire. This should take the heat out, providing safer access for firefighters,” stated Michele Jones, Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area District Ranger for the Siuslaw National Forest.
The fire is located east of Cummins Creek Trail #1382 and south of Forest Service Road 55 in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area outside the Wilderness. Helicopter water bucket drops will begin today in the bottom of the drainage. Once the steeper bottom area of the drainage is safe for firefighters to enter they will continue containing the fire. There are no closures in place.
“The weather later this week is expected to bring low humidity with east winds which is a concern for increased fire activity. Currently, the Forest Service has enacted public use restrictions by banning any open campfires except in developed sites with designated rings or sand camping areas,” Jones added.
Forest Officials are asking that visitors please be careful with fire, and obey temporary public fire restrictions which include the following:
No building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire, fire, or stove fire when not in a pre-installed fire enclosure (i.e. campfire ring) at a maintained Forest Service site.
Campfires are allowed at a dispersed recreation area of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area or the Sand Lake Recreation Area. All other dispersed campsites are not allowed to be used.
Smoke in your vehicle or a cleared area that is at least four square feet wide.
Only burn materials that fit within your campfire ring.
Extinguish all campfires before leaving—even if you will only be away for a short time.
Coleman and other liquid gas stoves and lanterns that use a wick to distribute flame can be used during this restriction.