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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 30, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, August 30, 2010.

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 72 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.


The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is approximately 5,876 acres and 30 percent contained. 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 3,454 acres and 30 percent contained. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3is managing this fire and more information on 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 6,350 acres and is 70 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information 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 33,732 acres and 90 percent contained. The interagency Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team was released from this fire on August 28, and the fire was turned back over to the Warm Springs Fire Management fire team. More information is available on InciWeb at .


Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Offier 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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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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