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, August 24, 2010

Afternoon ODF Update

Tillamook District, ODF:  The Cabin Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands near Cape Kiwanda and Sand Lake, was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24.  The fire, approximately 1-2 acres, possibly threatened the near-by Thousand Trails Campground and some structures in the area. ODF resources, including a helicopter, engines, and crews, responded, as well as U.S. Forest Services resources and local Rural Fire Districts.  At 3:30 p.m., district staff were anticipating no further threat and planning to release the ODF-contracted helopter and beginning mop-up by around 4 p.m.

Forest Grove District, ODF: The Masonville Fire, burning in a straw field at Masonville Road and Highway 18 in Yamhiill County, was reported on ODF-protected lands on Tuesday afternoon, August 24.  ODF resources, including four engines, responded, containing the fire by mid-afternoon at approximately 11 acres, and it was turned over to the landowner for further fire watch.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

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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, 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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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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.