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.

































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 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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