Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thirty Fires detected in SW Oregon

Medford, OR- August, 2010- A total of 30 fires have been found on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands after the lightning bust earlier this week. All of the fires, except for the 11 acre Anderson Creek Fire, have been less than 1.5 acre in size.

Eighteen of the lightning fires are less than .10 acre, and but two are 100% mopped and lined. The remaining two fires are in the mop-up stage and are expected to be completed by this afternoon.

Greg Alexander, ODF SWO assistant district forester, said, “The working relationships we have with our interagency partners, county officials and landowners has played a large role in our fire suppression.” The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Jackson and Josephine counties and landowners have helped keep wildfire damage to a minimum.

Reconnaissance flights will be made Thursday to detect new fires and all lookouts are staffed.
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To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

Ashley Du Brey - Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District - Medford

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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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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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