Current situation

Summer arrives this week, with maximum daylight hours. Having longer hours of sunshine allows more time for fuels to dry out with less overnight recovery of humidity.

ODF's Western Lane and South Cascade districts have announced both will enter fire season on Thursday, June 21. The districts protect lands in Lane and Linn counties and a portion of northwest Douglas County. Six other ODF districts and forest protective associations are already in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ODF Daily Fire Update, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Wednesday, August 25, 2010.

Western Lane District, ODF: The Whittaker Creek Fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, August 25, burning in steep terrain on ODF-protected lands near Whittaker Creek in Lane County. Currently estimated at 18-20 acres, there are 10 engines, 3 crews, 2 tenders, and 2 dozers assigned to the fire which is under investigation.

Forest Grove District, ODF: The Masonville Fire, burning in a straw field at Masonville Road and Highway 18 in Yamhiill County, was reported on ODF-protected lands on Tuesday afternoon, August 24. ODF resources, including four engines, responded, containing the fire by mid-afternoon at approximately 11 acres, and it was turned back over to the landowner for further fire watch.

OHV trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Due to increased fire danger, effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2010, the off-highway vehicle trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Off-highway vehicle activity in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask off-highway vehicle areas will be limited to operation on maintained forest roads only.

Southwest Oregon District, ODF, Mutual Aid: The Oregon Department of Forestry assisted Ashland Fire and Rescue late yesterday afternoon and into the evening (August 24) on a fire that burned on City of Ashland jurisdiction that ultimately destroyed 11 homes and damaged 2 others. There have been no reports so far of any injuries. ODF resources on the fire included two helicopters from the Medford Tanker Base, numerous engines, and a dozer. The Rogue Valley Structural Fire Department also assisted on the fire.

The fire started at approximately 4:45 p.m. in a grassy field on the west side of I-5 near a freeway interchange for South Ashland. Winds at that time were gusty and the fire jumped the freeway, crossing over to the east side, where it then burned in scrub and oak up a hill, and into the residential area. As of about 8:30 p.m. last night, ODF resources were released and the fire remains in the primary jurisdiction of Ashland Fire and Rescue. More information on this fire is available on the City of Ashland’s website at .

Tillamook District, ODF, Mutual Aid: The Cabin Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands near Cape Kiwanda and Sand Lake, was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24. The fire burned 2.1 acres, and originally possibly threatened the near-by Thousand Trails Campground and some structures in the area. ODF resources, including a helicopter, engines, and crews, responded, as well as U.S. Forest Service resources and local Rural Fire Districts. The fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up. All ODF resources have been released and the fire has been completely turned over to the U.S. Forest Service.

The 600-acre Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge. The fire was ignited by lightning during last week's storm, but did not become active until warm winds influenced it on Monday, August 23, when it started running, spotting, crowning, and torching, growing from approximately five to 200 acres in three hours. A closure area is in effect that includes Forest Service roads east of Highway 126, many of which access trailheads into the Mt. Washington wilderness. Additionally, Scott Lake and Alder Springs campgrounds are closed and visitors have been required to leave, and several trails in the area have also been closed. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 has assumed command of this fire this morning. More information on t his fire is available on Inciweb at .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, is currently estimated at 29,073 acres and 30 percent contained Monday. The Deschutes River is closed to rafting from Warm Springs to Maupin. The Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and updates are available through InciWeb: .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 4,760 acres and is 75 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team assigned to this fire is planning to turn it back over to the forest on Saturday morning. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb:

Mt. Hood National Forest: Due to fire activity, the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, access to Breitenbush Lake, and portions of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area are closed. More information is available at


Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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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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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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