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.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Evening Update from the Rooster Rock Fire

Following is the media release from the Rooster Rock Fire, August 6, 2010 @ 8 p.m.

Rooster Rock Fire Information Center: (541) 549-7610
Friday, August 6, 2010 8 pm Hours of Operation - 7 am to 10 pm

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team (Team), under joint authority from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Deschutes National Forest, assumed command of the Rooster Rock Fire on August 3, 2010. This inter-agency Team is working closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry 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 lands under ODF fire protection responsibility.

Due to progress made on the firelines and forecasted conditions, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office in collaboration with fire officials, are notifying citizens that the evacuation order has been reduced. Additional information may be obtained by calling 541-550-4886. Fire officials would like to remind people to be vigilant with preventing wildfires. Recently in the Sisters area, eight of the last twelve fires have been caused by abandoned campfires.

Firefighters made excellent progress on Friday, strengthening containment lines and monitoring the fire for flare-ups. Weather conditions remained favorable for progress toward containment, with moderate winds and a late lifting inversion that prevented a repeat of Thursday’s large smoke column. This work involved extinguishing hot spots, ”mop-up”, and planning for post-burn rehabilitation. Crews laid over 37 miles of hose, or enough to stretch from Sisters almost to Sunriver. Threat to structures still remains low. Incident commander Mark Rapp complimented fire crews on their hard work and excellent safety record. To date, the fire has burned 4,779 acres of private land and 1,355 acres of National Forest land, for a total of 6,134 acres. Containment is anticipated on Tuesday August 10, 2010.

This evening, winds are expected to decrease, and crews expect favorable working conditions for the night shift.

The existing Special Area Closure notice for the Peterson Ridge Trail system, Forest Road 16, and other areas remains in effect. Visit the fire information website on Inciweb and look for the Special Area Closure notice: .

Acres: 6,134
Containment: 50%
Location: 6 miles south of Sisters
Cause: Under investigation
Start Date/Time: Reported August 2, 2010, 1141 hrs
Total personnel: 986
Crews: 29, Engines: 30, Helicopters: 6, Dozers: 7, Water tenders: 29 and Overhead: 186



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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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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