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

Debris burning reopens in Linn County October 1; but wait, there’s more...

ODF Contact: Lena Tucker, 541-726-3588

The shorter days and cooler nights coincide with what the calendar tells us: fall has arrived in Oregon. The Linn County Fire Defense Board will end the county-wide burning ban on Oct. 1 – But wait, there’s more. Due to lingering wildfire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is requiring residents who live within the ODF fire protection district and plan to burn backyard debris to obtain a burn permit from the state agency.

“While we were hoping to be done with fire season by now, our weather has warmed up and it’s slowly drying out again,” said ODF’s Lena Tucker. “No rain is in sight for our area.”

Even though conditions have moderated from the high fire danger of only a few weeks ago, the South Cascade District forester cautioned that the combination of a sunny, warm day and gusty winds could cause a backyard burn to escape into a wildfire.

County residents planning to burn yard debris should contact ODF’s South Cascade District Sweet Home office to obtain a free burn permit. It is located at 4690 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, ph. 541-367-6108. Linn County residents may also call the Linn County Burn Message line at 541-451-1904.

The ODF South Cascade District encompasses forestlands in eastern Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County.

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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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Protection jurisdiction
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.

Fire suppression policy
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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.