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.


































Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Round-up of three complex fires in Oregon

The Oak Flat fire in the Rogue River National Forest reached 100 percent containment Tuesday and has been estimated at 7,494 acres in size. Command of the fire was released from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local incident management team. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/


The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. Command of this fire incident was scheduled to be transferred from the Portland-based National Incident Management Organization team to a local incident team on Wednesday morning. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,775 acres with containment at 80 percent. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088 

The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained. Highway 242 has re-opened. An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Mt Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082

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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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