Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ODF SW Oregon crews mop up lightning fires

Seventeen fires started by Thursday's thunderstorms have been found on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson County. Below is a summary of the fires:

The 15-acre Sprignett Fire, 5 miles northeast of Wimer, is 100% lined and mop up is underway. Hand crews, helicopters, a retardant plane and dozer were all used Friday.

Berry Rock #1 and Berry Rock #2 have combined since a spot fire joined the two Friday afternoon. The combined 10 acre fire is 3 miles northeast of Trail and has been 100% lined and is now being mopped up.

The 3-acre Camel Hump Fire, 3 miles northeast of Shady Cove, is now mopped up and completely lined.

The 2-acre Obenchain Fire, located 7 miles southwest of Butte Falls, is 100% lined and mopped up.

The Longbranch Fire, 2 acres (revised acreage), located 3 miles west of Shady Cove, is 95% mopped up and lined.

The 6200 Butte Falls Highway Fire, 2 acres in size, is completely lined and mopped up.

The remaining fires are smaller than 1 acre and are lined and mopped up.

A new fire was discovered this morning on Wilcox Butte, 5 miles northwest of Gold Hill. A crew is on-scene, and the fire is estimated at less than 1 acre in size.

More than 170 firefighters worked to put out the fires last night. Suppression resources used on Friday included 10 engines, three bulldozers, seven helicopters and one retardant plane. This morning there are 164 firefighters out on the fires. Their suppression resources include 11 engines, 2 helicopters and one retardant plane.

Today’s forecast is expected to be sunny with temperatures in the mid 90’s. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy.

Ashley Du Brey
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 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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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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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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