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.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Friday, August 27, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, August 27, 2010.

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Picnic Creek Fire: The John Day Unit, Central Oregon District, of the Oregon Department of Forestry provided mutual aid on the Picnic Creek Fire, 8 miles west of Mt. Vernon (south of Highway 26). The fire, at approximately 20-30 acres on the jurisdiction of the Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District, started Thursday night, August 26, at approximately 5:21 PDT. High winds pushed the fire near the vicinity of 20 structures; one confirmed outbuilding, possibly two outbuildings, were destroyed. Resources on the fire Thursday night included five engines, one tender, two dozers, and one helicopter from the Oregon Department of Forestry, one engine from the U.S. Forest Service, and all of Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District resources. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation also contributed to the effort. The fire spread has been stopped this morning and the fire is fully lined. The cause is under investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office.

Phoenix Wildland Fire, Crater Lake: Interagency fire crews and engines are continuing to manage this Phoenix Wildland Fire burning in timber and timber litter seven miles southeast of Diamond Lake, Oregon inside the Crater Lake National Park boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater. The fire, currently estimated at 200 acres, was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. No structures are currently threatened and no evacuations have been reported at this time. The Phoenix Wildland Fire is being managed to allow fire to serve its natural role in the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuel accumulation. It is burning on land immediately adjacent to the Fremont-Winema National Forests. Fire crews are building a control line to prevent the fire from spreading onto National Forest land. Any ignitions that occur outside of the Crater Lake National Park boundary will be immediately suppressed. For more information, please contact the National Park Service at (541) 594-3062.

NOTE: Many of the following fires have significant active closure notices for roads, scenic areas, trails, and campgrounds in place that have been recently updated, added, or revised. For the most current information, visit the fires’ Inciweb sites where the most recent notices and maps of closure areas are posted.

The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is approximately 3,037 acres. An accurate containment estimate is in the process of being determined. At 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, the interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of this fire. More information is available on Inciweb at .

The Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is approximately 2,559 acres and five percent contained. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3is managing this fire and more information on is available on Inciweb at .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands 15 miles north of the city of Warm Springs, is currently estimated at approximately 33,016 acres and 40 percent contained. Effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, August 27, the Deschutes River was re-opened to recreationists. The interagency Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information is available on InciWeb at .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 5,708 acres and is 60 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information is available on Inciweb at


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 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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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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