2015 another severe fire season

In 2015, more than 631,000 acres burned on all forestland jurisdictions in Oregon. Firefighting costs totaled $240.5 million.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

2015 fire season over statewide

All Oregon Department of Forestry forest protection districts were out of wildfire season as of Oct. 28. But as ODF foresters note, a calendar declaration does not mean fires can no longer occur.

A few warm, windy days can set the stage for a debris burn or campfire to escape control and damage the forest resource. Please continue to follow fire-safe practices as you enjoy Oregon's forests this fall. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fires Reported on ODF-protected Lands

ODF Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The Lost Valley Fire was reported at approximately noon on Tuesday, October 13, burning on ODF-protected lands 8 miles southwest of Lonerock.  This morning, Wednesday, October 14, the fire is estimated at 143 acres and fully lined, and crews are working on mop-up.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

Fire Duty Officer:  Jeri Chase; Cell #503-931-2721; jeri.chase@Oregon.gov

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall burning helps prevent summer wildfires

Another severe wildfire season is fading into history - the third in a row. Along with the flames and destruction, Oregonians suffered through weeks of choking smoke. This fall, forest landowners are conducting controlled burns to clean up excess woody debris. Burning when weather conditions are right limits smoke entering communities. It also reduces the risk of wildfires later on. Learn more about fall burning from the Oregon Department of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/Burn.aspx.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Creek Fire in West Oregon District now in mop up

The 15-acre Fall Creek Fire reported Sunday burning in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's West Oregon District - Toledo Unit is currently in mop up. One fire engine, four hand crews and two water tenders were dispatched to the fire. Cause is under investigation.

Friday, September 25, 2015

As wildfires subside, prescribed burning begins

Many Oregon forest landowners are planning controlled burns to occur whenever wildfire danger subsides in their areas. These deliberate fires meet a twofold purpose:

§  Prepare logged sites for replanting of young trees
§  Reduce fuel loads to lower the risk of wildfires next summer

Unlike wildfires, which occur under the worst of conditions, prescribed burns are conducted only when weather and wind patterns are optimal to carry smoke up and away from communities and popular recreation sites. And forest operators and wildland fire agencies staff the sites with fire engines and personnel to prevent the burns from spreading outside of designated burn units.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) meteorologists nail the forecast much of the time. But wind shifts occasionally push some smoke from prescribed burns into populated areas. However, most agree the tradeoff is well worth it. Some 150,000 to 200,000 acres of forestland undergo prescribed burn treatments annually in the state, and the resulting clean-up of logging debris and excess vegetation greatly reduces the risk of damaging wildfires on those lands during the summer.

 The high intensity of a wildfire burning in a fuel-rich forest often does long-term damage, wiping out entire tree stands and in some instances sterilizing the soil. In contrast, a wildfire in a fire-treated forest typically leaves many of the trees alive.

More information about prescribed forest burning and smoke management can be found on the Department of Forestry website,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-24-15

The large fires across the Pacific Northwest, including in Oregon, are winding down, as the fall weather pattern begins to take hold. But forest fuels in much of the state remain dry and susceptible to fire, so recreationists are urged to remain vigilant. Please be careful with any activity that could potentially start a fire.

Fire Facts

No new fires 10 acres or larger on the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update 09-23-15

In the weeks ahead, Oregonians may see smoke. As wildfire danger declines in the fall, some forest landowners begin prescribed burning. These controlled fires remove woody debris left over from timber harvest and prepare the site for replanting of young trees. And by reducing fuel loads, prescribed burning lessens the potential for damaging wildfires in the future. Prescribed burns are scheduled when weather conditions are optimal to lift smoke up and away from communities and popular recreation areas.   
Fire Facts
The 17,823-acre Dry Gulch Fire burning seven miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 90 percent contained. Mop-up of the fire continues, along with rehabilitation of damage caused by the firefighting operation. The fire was reported Sept. 12. Cause remains under investigation. Full containment is projected for Sept. 24.

The 20,945-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 90 percent contained. The fires were reported Aug. 1. Cause is lightning. Full containment is projected for Oct. 1.

About this update
This update provides information primarily about fires 10 acres or larger on Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. ODF provides fire protection chiefly to private and state-owned forestlands, and federal Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Cascades.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

Current wildfire info

The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

What we do

Protection jurisdiction
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state- and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.