Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Wednesday, August 4, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
No new fires were reported on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in the last 24 hours.

FIRES ON SHARED JURISDICTIONS:
The Rooster Rock Fire, reported Monday, August 2, is at approximately 4,200 acres and 20 percent contained. The Central Oregon Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire yesterday at 10 a.m., and approximately 665 personnel, 20 engines, 20 water tenders, and six helicopters are currently assigned to this fire. An evacuation update phone line is in place with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-550-4886. A road and area closure is in effect for the area of the fire. The Team’s Fire Information Office phone line has been established at 541-549-7610 and information on the fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2056/.

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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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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.