Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fire Crew Continues to Manage Wildfire in Crater Lake National Park and Fremont-Winema National Forest

Following is the latest media relase from the Phoenix Wildland Fire:

August 27, 2010; 1 p.m.
Contact: Greg Funderburk
(541) 594-3062

Crater Lake, Ore – Interagency fire crews and engines continue to manage the Phoenix Wildland Fire burning an estimated 350 acres in Crater Lake National Park, with about 30 to 50 of those acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forests.

The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and contract crews have firefighters and equipment on scene. The following resources are presently assigned to this incident: one Type-III helicopter, nine engines, three Type-II crews and numerous other equipment.

The fire was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. It is currently burning inside Crater Lake National Park’s boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater and in an area on the Fremont-Winema National Forests between Forest Service Road 7015 and 2308. At this time, no structures are threatened and no evacuations have been reported.

The Phoenix Wildland Fire is being managed to allow fire to serve its natural role in the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuel accumulation in the National Park. A fire suppression strategy is being implemented on the Fremont-Winema National Forests to maximize suppression efforts and firefighter safety.

Due to smoke and increase fire traffic, fire officials ask the public to use caution when driving Oregon State Highway 138 and on National Park and Forest Service roads near the fire. A cold front is expected to move through the area this weekend, bringing cooler temperatures and possible showers that could assist with firefighting efforts.

For more information about the Phoenix Wildland Fire, please contact the National Park Service at (541) 594-3062. For more information, please visit:


Phoenix Wildland Fire, burning in Crater Lake National Park
Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201

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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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