Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.









Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two Prescribed Burns Scheduled Tuesday in Jackson County

The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct burns in two areas today.

1. Approximately 25 acres of hazardous fuels near the town of Rogue River. Ignitions will start around noon and smoke will be visible from a number of places around the valley, including Interstate 5, but should diminish significantly by late afternoon. The area is about 5 miles NNW of Rogue River on the Right Fork of Fielder Creek. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew and two engines. This is in the same area where burning took place on Sunday and Monday.

2. About 100 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake. Ignitions will start around 11:00 a.m. 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, two engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.

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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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