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.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 9, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Monday, August 9, 2010.

Current Fires

Wallowa Unit, Northeast Oregon District - Incident 650 was reported at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 6, near the East Fork of Tamarack Creek in Wallowa County. The fire burned approximately 11.5 acres and is now fully contained and controlled, with all resources being demobilized today.

The Rooster Rock Fire, burning six miles south of Sisters, reported Monday, August 2, is at approximately 6,134 acres – 1,355 acres on U.S. Forest Service land and 4,779 acres on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is 85 percent contained, with full containment expected to occur on Tuesday, August 10, at 6 a.m. At that same time, the Central Oregon Incident Management Team will transition responsibility for the fire to a local Incident Management Team. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire activity is minimal while firefighters continue to strengthen perimeter lines, mop up ‘hot spots’, and start rehab. Mop-up standards are 300 feet from the perimeter. As mop-up standards are met, crews will be pulling hoses and equipment. Rehab includes measures taken to bring dozer and hand lines back to a near natural condition mitigating potential increases in runoff and erosion that can occur immediately after a wildlfire.

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team has issued their last update on this fire. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 10, 2010, information on the fire will be coordinated through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (Media Desk) at 541-416-6811 or visit .

CLOSURES: The existing Rooster Rock Fire Special Area Closure notice which included the Peterson Ridge Trail system and Forest Road 16 has been revised, effective August 7, 2010. Motorists and recreationists are cautioned to lookout for the presence of fire personnel and vehicles continuing to work along the road. Limitations on all other areas stated in the revised closure remain in effect. Visit the fire information website on Inciweb.

Complete information on this fire is available on the Inciweb site 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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