Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































Thursday, July 29, 2010

Buckhorn Fire on federal land now 2,200 acres

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center


Central Oregon – Firefighters, working in very steep terrain, continue to work to suppress the now 2,200-acre Buckhorn Fire. The fire is burning in a remote section of the John Day River approximately 13 miles north of Clarno. The fire started Tuesday along the east side of the river; however wind Tuesday afternoon helped the fire jump to the west side of the river as well. The growth on the fire today is primarily attributed to the steep slopes and wind, as well as the light, grassy fuels. At this time, there is no estimate of containment.

Firefighters successfully completed a burnout operation along a nearby ranch as a prevention measure, and no structures are currently threatened. There are no closures in effect along the John Day River.

The fire is staffed with a 5-person hand crew, three Hotshot crews, four rappellers, two Type I Helicopters, one Type II helicopter, and five engines. A Type II Incident Management Team will assume command of this incident Thursday morning.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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