Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Monday, October 25, 2010

Fire season ends statewide

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Southwest Oregon District terminated fire season, and the next day the Northeast Oregon District followed suit, marking the end of the 2010 season statewide. This was a moderate year for wildfire. Only 680 fires were recorded on the 15.8 million acres protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, burning just 5,771 acres. These figures are significantly below the 10-year average of 1,059 fires burning 26,037 acres.

Thanks for following the blog this season. Did you find it helpful? Do you have suggestions to improve it? We'd appreciate your comments. Send to: rnichols@odf.state.or.us.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October still an important month for fire prevention

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is transitioning the agency’s fire protection and suppression services as the weather across Oregon starts to become characteristic of autumn, and we all begin to enjoy fall colors on trees.

Many ODF-affiliated fire protection districts have closed their Fire Season for 2010, releasing resources relied on for fire response. ODF’s Agency Affairs Office has also concluded providing daily fire updates via the Wildfire Blog, and will transition to updating fire activity across the state on an as-needed basis with a “week in review” report on Fridays until wild fire activity ceases for the year.

Fire activity may be quieting down, but wildfire prevention never takes a holiday. Campers, hunters and recreationists across Oregon are reminded to be safe with fire in the woods.

"Camp and warming fires must absolutely be put out before leaving the camp or spotting areas," said Mary Ellen Holly, President and CEO of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "The best way to do that is to drown the fire with water, stir it with a shovel to mix up any remaining coals, and then drown it again. Repeat until that fire is DEAD out."

October 3 – 9 also marks Oregon Fire Prevention Week. ODF is partnering with structural fire fighting agencies throughout the state encouraging Oregon residents to update and maintain their home smoke alarms.

For more information about wildfire prevention tips in Oregon, visit the Keep Oregon Green website, http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

For more information on fire safety and fire prevention week, contact your local fire agency or visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/FPW_2010.shtml

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Friday, October 1, 2010

New fire education partnership in Oregon

The Oregon Garden Foundation is excited to announce a partnership to develop the first full-scale fire prevention and safety house in the nation. Teaming with Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Moonstone Garden Management, Inc., and Oregon State University (OSU), the foundation will use grant funds and donations to remodel a home located on The Oregon Garden property in Silverton into one that showcases fire-resistant landscaping and building construction on the outside and home fire prevention and safety on the inside.


More information is available on the ODF website:
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/newsroom/newsreleases/2010/NR1053.shtml

Prescribed burns planned Friday in SW Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management plans to burn fuel reduction debris in three areas today. All three areas are in the Quartz Creek Road region, approximately 12 miles northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry / SW Oregon District

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.
Kevin Weeks / Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






What we do

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.