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 6, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Friday, August 6, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 6, 2010.

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Rooster Rock Fire, burning six miles south of Sisters, reported Monday, August 2, is at approximately 6,130 acres and 40 percent contained. The Central Oregon Incident Management Team, under joint authority from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Deschutes National Forest, assumed command of the fire August 3., and approximately 975 personnel, 30 engines, 10 dozers, 28 water tenders, and 8 helicopters are currently assigned to this fire. The inter-agency team is working closely with ODF and the Deschutes National Forest to determine strategy and tactics for suppression of this fire. The Team is working under direction of ODF to meet the objectives of the private land owners. The fire is burning primarily on ODF-protected lands.

The need for continued evacuations are being evaluated daily by fire officials. Updated information can be obtained by calling 541-550-4836.

Firefighters were able to make great progress in securing fire lines yesterday. The strong winds predicted did not materialize. This gave firefighters an opportunity to burn out a large island of unburned fuels on the west flank that if allowed to burn during the hotter part of the day, could have potentially thrown embers outside the established control lines. A helicopter, using a device that dispensed fuel-filled ping-pong balls, ignited the island in a systematic fashion. Firefighters mopped-up 300 ft into the interior of the fire from the edge on the northwest, northeast and east flanks; laid hose on the west flank preparing to mop-up, and strengthened the pioneer dozer line on the south flank. Today, a helicopter mounted forward looking infrared device that detects heat will be used to located hotspots. Firefighters will continue to strengthen and secure firelines by mopping-up hot spots and patrolling. Threat to structures still remains low.

The area closure remains in effect; fire officials are continually evaluating the situation and will re-open access as soon as it is deemed safe.

The Team’s Fire Information Office phone line has been established at 541-549-7610 and complete information on the fire 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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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.