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.








Thursday, August 19, 2010

Devil's Half Acre fire moves to federal team command; closures now in effect

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Due to fire activity associated with the Devil’s Half Acre fire, the White River Falls State Park and the Oak Springs Fish Hatchery, located on the west side of the lower Deschutes River, have been evacuated. Heavy helicopters continue to dip water out of the Deschutes River for fire suppression purposes. Developed recreation sites located on the east side of the river remain open at this time, as is Deschutes River.


The Central Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Mark Rapp has been ordered and was scheduled to take command of the fire incident at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Command has been established at the Dufur School.

A recommendation was made to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office to prepare affected residents for a potential evacuation. At this stage, residents should consider gathering up any valuable papers and non-replaceable items, medications, and an overnight bag with personal effects as a preparatory action. The evacuation preparations are directed at residents of Maupin, and developed recreation sites on the east side of the Deschutes River from White River south to Maupin, including Sandy Beach, Oak Springs, Lower Blue Hole, Blue Hole Grey Eagle, Oasis and Maupin and the BLM Maupin Visitor Center.

Note to pilots and news media - a Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect at 5,000 feet above sea level in a five-mile radius around the incident.

The Bureau of Land Management has closed several recreation areas affected by the fire. The order listing specific sites is found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/documents/20100819-blmclosureofpublicwaterwayandcampgrounds.pdf

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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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