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.


































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

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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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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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