Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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 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.


August 5, 2010

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

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.


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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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.