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.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday update on central Oregon fires

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Fire crews coordinated by COIDC continue to make progress on a series of lightning fires ignited after several thunderstorms passed through Central Oregon this week. No new lightning fires were turned in Sunday to COIDC; however, two additional abandoned campfires were reported – making the last three fires reported human-caused. Fire officials in Central Oregon continue to remind people recreating on public land to extinguish their campfire each and every time they leave their site.

The Tubbs Fire (Incident #465), reported shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, is now 211 acres and is 40 percent contained. Crews have the perimeter lined and are beginning to mop up any hotspots along the edge of the fireline.

Incident #466, burning on Warm Springs Tribal lands under an agreement with the BLM for fire suppression 17 miles southwest of Fossil, is four acres and was expected to be 100 percent contained Sunday evening.

Interagency fire crews continue to assist the Fossil Rural Fire Department on Incident #460, burning approximately 3-4 miles south of Fossil, Oregon. The fire is 410 acres and is burning on private land. The fire is 75 percent contained Sunday evening and has been lined with a combination of hand- and dozerline.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center coordinates response to wildfires in Central Oregon using the cooperative resources of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire suppression agencies.

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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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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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