Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Additional BLM prescribed burns in SW Oregon Wednesday

Two Prescribed Burns on BLM Land Begin Today

Medford,OR-The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct two prescribed burns to consume hazardous fuels today:

1. Approximately 100 acres will be burned along the Rogue River between Matson Park and Robertson Bridge. There will be one 20 person crew and four engines on scene. Smoke will be visible from Grants Pass and places around the Rogue Valley.

After today's burn, approximately 180 acres will be treated by an underburn in the same area, possibly through Saturday. The public should use caution when in the area due to possible reduced visibility from smoke and the presence of fire vehicles.

Ignitions will start today at 10:00 and should stop by mid-afternoon. Smoke should begin to dissipate by late afternoon. A similar pattern should be in place for the rest of the week until all 280 acres are completed.

2.Another 70 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake will also be burned today. Ignitions will start around 10:00 and smoke will be visible in the area Boaters on the lake and motorists between Shady Cove and Prospect will likely see smoke in the afternoon. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew, three engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.
Information is also available on the Web at:

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

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Current wildfire info

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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