Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elevated fire danger prompts updated burn ban in Wallowa County

The Oregon Department of Forestry, in conjunction with Fire Departments from Wallowa, Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa Lake, is restricting all open burning on lands within their protection area in Wallowa County. Any burn permits which were previously issued have been suspended. Recent hot dry weather has elevated the fire danger throughout the county. Mike Shaw, Wallowa Unit Forester, says “The burn ban is intended to limit human caused fires and allow fire fighters to focus on fires caused by mother-nature.” Dry lightning storms are predicted to pass through Wallowa County this week.

The Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry remains in a Regulated-Use Closure.
The Regulated Use Closure affects private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant. The Regulated Use Closure is intended to protect natural resources and public health and safety.

Visit our website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/NEO/aboutneo.shtml or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, contact:

Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (541) 963-7171 or 9-1-1

Public-Use Restrictions for the Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forests are in effect. Information on Public-Use Restrictions on the Oregon Department of Forestry, Umatilla National Forest and Wallowa Whitman National Forest can be found at http://bmidc.org/index.shtml under Current Information: Fire Restrictions.

Christie Shaw - Oregon Department of Forestry

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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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