Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Friday, September 3, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, September 3, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is 4,523 acres and 35 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning 10 miles northwest of Selma on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, is 6,850 acres and 73 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Offer Pager #503-370-0403

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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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.