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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, August 24, 2010.


Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The Long Box Fire, reported on August 23, 2010, six miles east of Dayville and north of Highway 26, is 100 percent lined, with containment expected today. Agencies involved included the Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Aircraft and engine crews responded as private land and the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was threatened, including one residence and three other structures. The fire spread was stopped at about 6:30 p.m. on August 23, at 48 acres, with retardant and helicopter bucket drops. An engine patrolled the fire overnight for hot spots, and two engines and a 20-person hand crew are currently conducting mop-up activities, as well as continuing to patrol for hot-spots. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

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.


The 200-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. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 has been ordered to assume management of this fire.

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. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, is currently estimated at 24,397 acres and 10 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 continues to burn in the Rogue River 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. The fire is currently estimated at 4,363 acres and is 65 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team is assigned to this fire. 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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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