Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Thursday, August 5, 2010

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

The Rooster Rock Fire, burning six miles south of Sisters, reported Monday, August 2, is at approximately 5,804 acres and 30 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 712 personnel, 23 engines, and 7 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.

Yesterday, multiple spot fires crossed the line on the south end. Those spot fires burned together creating a major push to the south. Nightshift was able to pioneer direct dozer line around the south end. With the increase of acreage, the threat to structures still remains low. On the west flank, a burnout operation was completed last night along Forest Road 1610. Interior islands of fuel will be burned-out this morning to reduce the risk of the islands burning out this afternoon and throwing embers over the containment line. Critical fire behavior is expected today due to predicted weather. Today, firefighters will be reinforcing all containment lines.

An evacuation update phone line is in place with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-550-4886. A road and area closure remains in effect for the area of the fire. 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.