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.































Thursday, August 5, 2010

Media Invite - Rooster Rock Fire Press Conference and Guided Tour

Following is a copy of a media invite for a Rooster Rock Fire Press Conference and Guided Tour that is being coordinated by Project Wildfire.

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August 5, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact/RSVP: Katie Lighthall, Program Director, Project Wildfire 541-408-3048


MEDIA INVITE
Rooster Rock Fire Press Conference and Guided Tour

The Rooster Rock Fire has presented many opportunities for teachable moments and provided many examples of the successful collaborative projects for which central Oregon fire agencies are known.

Please join us Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 11 AM at the Sisters Middle School Library for a look at lessons already learned on the Rooster Rock Fire and how our collective efforts have paid off this fire season. Please RSVP to attend this event and take the tour.

The press conference will include representatives from:
• Rooster Rock Fire Incident Management team
• US Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest
• Oregon Department of Forestry
• Deschutes County
• Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District
• Cloverdale Fire District
• Project Wildfire
• Deschutes County Sheriff

Following the press conference, we will take a guided tour to the Rooster Rock Fire site to witness the results of defensible space and see how fire behaves in treated areas vs. untreated areas.

Central Oregon fire agencies are no stranger to wildland fire and known nationwide for their ability to work together on large fire incidents. The Rooster Rock Fire is no exception to these cooperative efforts in fire management, fire suppression, and fire prevention education.

Bring your cameras! Remember to wear a hat, sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants to protect yourself from any stray embers. Be prepared to buddy up in vehicles as we will only take what we absolutely need to the fire site.

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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, 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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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.