Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Update on Lightning-Caused Fires on ODF-Protected Lands in Jackson County

Thunderstorms on Thursday sprayed 150 lightning strikes across Jackson County. Seven fires have been located on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.
Two fires on Berry Rock, 3 miles northeast of Trail, have burned a total of six acres. Crews are on scene building firelines.
A fire in the Sprignett Butte area, 12 miles northeast of Rogue River, is estimated at 4 acres. Two helicopters are dropping water on the fire, and crews are constructing a fireline.

A 2-acre fire near the 6200 block of Butte Falls Hwy is 40% lined and 80% mopped up.
The Longbranch Fire, 3 miles west of Shady Cove, is estimated at 1 acre. Engine crews have responded and are hiking into the scene.

The quarter-acre Cabin Canyon Fire, 2 miles northwest of Trail, is contained.

A single-tree fire near Shale City, 11 miles northeast of Ashland, is contained.
More thunderstorms are expected in southwest Oregon on Friday, and ODF crews are ready to respond to additional incidents.

Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry

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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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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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