Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Friday, July 30, 2010

Cooler weekend, more T-storm concerns for eastern/central Oregon

The National Weather Service summary for the weekend calls for cooler weather in western Oregon from an offshore low pressure system. West of the cascades, the air is fairly moist but clear, with humidity in the seasonal range; as the air moves over the Cascades, central and eastern Oregon will see dryer air and breezy conditions that could increase fire potential until Sunday.


The Medford NWS office is calling for increased thunderstorm potential Friday around Crater Lake and Diamond Lake. Concern has also been expressed about breezy conditions in the Columbia Gorge and the crest of the Cascades this weekend.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the Pendleton NWS office for much of northeast Oregon into the weekend. The low pressure moving over the Cascades could turn into lightning storms by the time the system reaches the NE part of the state.

Kevin Weeks – Oregon Department of Forestry

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Current wildfire info

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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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. In total there are about 30.4 million 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. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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