Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rooster Rock Fire Update/Public Meeting Notice

Firefighters continu to work on the Rooster Rock Fire located south of Sisters in Central Oregon.  Updated fire mapping this morning estimates the total acreage at 2650 acres.  Lower temperatures and increased humidity decreased fire behavior this morning, and fire activity is currently moderate. The fire is now considered five percent contained, with no estimate of full containment at this time. The interagency Central Oregon Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Rapp) assumed control of the fire at 10 a.m. today.

Public Meeting Notice: There will be a public meeting to provide information on the fire tonight at 7 p.m. at Sisters Elementary School. Incident Commander Mark Rapp will be at the meeting to answer questions about the incident.

Please Note: The Rooster Rock Fire is located in Central Oregon – the fire has no relation to Rooster Rock State Park near Corbett, Oregon.

More information on this fire is available on the web from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at

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

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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