Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Friday, July 9, 2010

Hot day for state -- Red Flag Warning issued for the mid-Columbia region

Friday is expected to be another day of hot, unstable weather across Oregon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from Noon until 10:00 pm PDT Friday for the Columbia Gorge portions of Fire Zones OR-Z609 and WA-Z609 – Gusty winds coupled with low humidity are expected to increase the potential danger for fire in the region. A Red Flag Warning is designed to call attention to limited weather conditions of importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or a fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag Warning criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance.

Additional thunderstorms are predicted today in southern Oregon.

Significant cooling, with a return to more typical July weather conditions, is expected for most regions of the state Saturday

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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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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