Current situation

Summer arrives this week, with maximum daylight hours. Having longer hours of sunshine allows more time for fuels to dry out with less overnight recovery of humidity.

Western Lane District has announced it will enter fire season on Thursday, June 21. Six other ODF districts and forest protective associations are already in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lightning produces many fires in south central Oregon

Klamath Falls/Lakeview Interagency Fire Center News Release:

Klamath Falls, Ore- Firefighters are successfully battling a series of fires sparked by recent thunderstorms on lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forests, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Crater Lake National Park and Sheldon/Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

“Thunderstorm activity the past few days has been significant and multiple lightning strikes have started around 100 fires across south central Oregon,” said Betsy Schenk, Fire Management Officer for the Sheldon/Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The good news is that nearly all of the new fires reported have been located by firefighters.”

As of 3:30 p.m. today, 30 fires have been confirmed in Klamath County and 70 in Lake County. Local firefighters have worked hard and managed to keep most fires under three acres or less in size. However, the largest fire so far is 33 miles west of French Glen on the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. The McMannus Fire is estimated to be approximately 197 acres in size. There have been 46 fires reported on the Forest Service, 16 on BLM, five on USFW and 33 on ODF protected lands.

The 66-acre Miranda Fire and 1.5-acre Corbell Butte Fire, reported on the Fremont-Winema National Forests’ Chiloquin Ranger District on Thursday, July 22, continues to be patrolled and monitored.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lightning with insufficient moisture. This forecasted warning is issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. This week’s forecast predicts the chance of lightning throughout the week.

“With the continued threat of lightning, all agencies are currently working together to get additional resources to supplement our local ones, such as engines, handcrews, helicopters and support personnel ” said Bob Crumrine, Interagency Deputy Fire Staff Officer for the Lakeview BLM and Fremont-Winema National Forests. “Having all these resources available is key to quick initial attack and keeping the fires small.”

Fire danger throughout south central Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be sure of what public use restrictions are in place for the areas they plan to recreate on. For updated information, please call the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire information hotline at 541-947-6223.

For additional fire information visit:

Lakeview Interagency Fire Center

Klamath Falls Interagency Fire Center

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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