Unique Behavior Pushing Gulch Fire

fire behaviorGREENSPRINGS, Ore. — In the past 24 hours, the Oregon Gulch Fire has continued to jump in size. Part of the reason for that fast growth is because of rugged terrain, plenty of fire fuel, and changing winds.

The area where the fire is burning near the Greensprings has lots of dry fire fuel, including timber and grass, and crews said it has been logged over the years.

They also said the wind patterns can change quickly throughout the day, which spreads the fire.

“When that happens, the winds from the northwest cause a gusty, swirly behavior that’s what made the fire difficult to contain,” said Fire Behavior Analyst Tod Haren.

Crews says watching those winds and weather forecasts will be the key to putting firefighters in the best spots. Most of the winds have been blowing to the southeast, which has pushed the fire into California.