Current situation

Fire Season continues as drier and warmer weather persists through most of Oregon. Easterly winds early today over and west of the Cascades will
weaken through the day as the thermal trough moves over the Cascades, but are expected to pick up again over the weekend.

Fire danger has been raised in some districts with increased fire danger. Fire restrictions vary across the state. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

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 about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity.

Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.


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.