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.
































Thursday, September 30, 2010

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Prescribed burns begin on federal lands in central Oregon this week

Source: Ochoco National Forest, Prineville

Ochoco National Forest Fall Prescribed Burns


Fuels & fire suppression specialists are gearing up for the fall prescribed burning season on the Ochoco National Forest. A total of approximately 6,000 acres are tentatively planned for under burning treatments in an effort to enhance forest health and reduce hazardous fuels.

Burn projects are planned in Mill Creek (2,000 acres), Marks Creek (2,000 acres), the Maury Mountains (1,000 acres) and national forest administered lands south of Big Summit Prairie (1,000 acres). Nearby property owners will be notified prior to burn projects and if forest roads are impacted by smoke, signs and flaggers will be posted as needed.

Projects will occur intermittently during the fall as weather conditions permit until the snow flies.

For additional information, contact Bryan Scholz at (541) 416-6500

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

Additional BLM prescribed burns in SW Oregon Wednesday

Two Prescribed Burns on BLM Land Begin Today


Medford,OR-The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct two prescribed burns to consume hazardous fuels today:

1. Approximately 100 acres will be burned along the Rogue River between Matson Park and Robertson Bridge. There will be one 20 person crew and four engines on scene. Smoke will be visible from Grants Pass and places around the Rogue Valley.

After today's burn, approximately 180 acres will be treated by an underburn in the same area, possibly through Saturday. The public should use caution when in the area due to possible reduced visibility from smoke and the presence of fire vehicles.

Ignitions will start today at 10:00 and should stop by mid-afternoon. Smoke should begin to dissipate by late afternoon. A similar pattern should be in place for the rest of the week until all 280 acres are completed.

2.Another 70 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake will also be burned today. Ignitions will start around 10:00 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, three engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.
Information is also available on the Web at:
http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/fire/prescribedburns/index.php.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Debris burning reopens in Linn County October 1; but wait, there’s more...

ODF Contact: Lena Tucker, 541-726-3588

The shorter days and cooler nights coincide with what the calendar tells us: fall has arrived in Oregon. The Linn County Fire Defense Board will end the county-wide burning ban on Oct. 1 – But wait, there’s more. Due to lingering wildfire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is requiring residents who live within the ODF fire protection district and plan to burn backyard debris to obtain a burn permit from the state agency.

“While we were hoping to be done with fire season by now, our weather has warmed up and it’s slowly drying out again,” said ODF’s Lena Tucker. “No rain is in sight for our area.”

Even though conditions have moderated from the high fire danger of only a few weeks ago, the South Cascade District forester cautioned that the combination of a sunny, warm day and gusty winds could cause a backyard burn to escape into a wildfire.

County residents planning to burn yard debris should contact ODF’s South Cascade District Sweet Home office to obtain a free burn permit. It is located at 4690 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, ph. 541-367-6108. Linn County residents may also call the Linn County Burn Message line at 541-451-1904.

The ODF South Cascade District encompasses forestlands in eastern Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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

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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Prescribed burn planned Monday near Rogue River

A prescribed burn is scheduled to take place today 4 miles northwest of Rogue River on Bureau of Land Management lands. A 40-acre area will be ignited.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry. SW Oregon District

Daily fire update - Sept. 27, 2010

A prescribed forest burn on private lands in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District on Sunday spread outside the burning unit and burned about 400 additional acres, seven of which were on U.S. Forest Service lands. The Silvies Fire is currently in mop-up. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 24, 2010

Reported Thursday, the 15-acre Call Creek Fire in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District was fully lined by evening. Mop-up is expected to take three days. Three fire engines, two hand crews and one bulldozer fought the lightning-caused fire, located east of the community of John Day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 23, 2011

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 22, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours. The department's Northwest Oregon Area terminated fire season today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 21, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 20, 2010

The Rabbit Hill Fire five miles north of Lakeview in the Klamath-Lake District burned 57 acres on Saturday. The fire was fully contained by Saturday afternoon. Cause is under investigation. Oregon Dept. of Forestry resources on the fire included one heavy air tanker, one single-engine tanker, one helicopter, seven fire engines, one bulldozer and one water tender.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 17, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on the 15.8 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) during the past 24 hours.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 16, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on the 15.8 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) during the past 24 hours.

CORRECTION: The 2,047-acre Cougar Mountain Fire 17 miles south of Dayville is burning on the Malheur National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville District. It is NOT burning on Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area as was reported earlier. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 15, 2010

The 315-acre Blackwell Fire burning near Gold Hill in the Southwest Oregon District was fully contained on Sept. 14. A landowner using a pickax to break a rock accidentally caused the fire. The home destroyed by the fire was his. Firefighters will continue mop-up the rest of the week. Smoke will occasionally be visible from within the burned area as islands of remaining fuel burn out.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daily fire update, Sept. 14, 2010

The Blackwell Fire burning near Gold Hill in the Southwest Oregon District is 315 acres and 25 percent contained. Night shift crews reported good progress on mop-up. No slopovers or flare-ups occurred. Today, 125 firefighters will continue mopping up. Of particular concern is a steep, partially burned area on the north flank of the fire. Numerous smokes are scattered among unburned islands of fuel. Also, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up the slopes below the radio antenna site on top of Blackwell Hill, located in the southeast corner of the fire.
The Scott Mountain Fire burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge is 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained.
The View Lake Fire Complex burning in the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests is 4,775 acres and 80 percent contained.

Blackwell Fire 25 Percent Contained

The Blackwell Fire remains at 315 acres and is 25 percent contained. Night shift crews report that good progress was made on mop-up. No slopovers or flare-ups occurred.

Today, 125 firefighters will continue mopping up. Of particular concern is a steep, partially burned area on the north flank of the fire. Numerous smokes are scattered among unburned islands of fuel. Also, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up the slopes below the radio antenna site on top of Blackwell Hill, located in the southeast corner of the fire.

Occasional small columns of smoke will likely rise from the interior of the Blackwell Fire today. In most cases these burn themselves out after a short period of time. If necessary, a helicopter will be used to drop (large) buckets of water onto the flare-ups.

Travelers on the Blackwell Hill Rd. are asked to drive with caution as fire-related traffic will be heavy today.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Monday, September 13, 2010

Progress today on Blackwell Fire

Firefighters on the Blackwell Fire, located 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5, made good progress today and completed a fireline around the burned area. The fire is now 20 percent contained and its size is 315 acres.
Crews established hoselays in several sectors and focused on extinguishing burning material within 100 feet of the fireline. Helicopters were used during the afternoon to make water drops on isolated fires within the burned area.

All evacuation advisories were lifted today, and roadblocks on Blackwell Hill Road were removed at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Blackwell fire contained

Twelve fire crews working throughout Monday have stopped the advance of the Blackwell fire near Gold Hill at an estimated 315 acres in size.

Crews completely established a fire line and contain the fire Monday afternoon. Firefighters will continue to work on spot fires within the perimeter and mop-up of fire zones.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Fire line now established around Blackwell fire

3:00pm Monday September 13


About 200 firefighters have worked throughout Monday on the Blackwell fire burning about one mile east of Gold Hill and one mile north of Interstate 5 in Jackson County. The fire broke out just before 4:00 Sunday afternoon. One structure burned Sunday near the point of the fire’s origin.

The fire remains active Monday, but crews have established a line around 100 percent of the fire, which is estimated at about 300 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Keeping firefighters safe is a key mission of fire incident management. A safety hazard unique to this fire is there are an unknown number of abandoned mine shafts in the vicinity of Gold Hill from when Jackson County had significant gold and mineral mining occurring; Fire crews have maintained situational awareness in looking for shaft hazards and, when those mine shafts are detected, marking shaft locations for the safety of the next shift’s personnel. No worksite safety incidents related to these shaft hazards have been reported.

Twelve wildland engines (including a mix of 7 ODF engines and additional contractor engines) and nine crews (about 200 firefighters) continue work on controlling the fire. Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Morning update on Blackwell fire

The Blackwell fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. Sunday in an area of grass, brush and oak approximately one mile east of Gold Hill and one mile north of Interstate 5. One structure burned near the point of origin. Resources from the ODF SW Oregon District/Medford Unit responded to the fire.


The fire remains active Monday, with the size estimated at 300 acres and a line established around 90 percent of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Three helicopters dropped water and two air tankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall Sunday. On Monday dayshift, 12 wildland engines (including a mix of 7 ODF engines and additional contractor engines) and nine crews (about 200 firefighters) will continue work on controlling the fire. Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Blackwell Hill Road is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center to assist affected residents was established at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth Street in Central Point.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Blackwell Hill Fire Burns 160 Acres, 1 Structure

The Blackwell Hill Fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. and quickly burned across an expanse of grass, brush and oak. One structure burned near the point of origin. The fire continued in an easterly direction onto the heavily forested slopes of Blackwell Hill. Three helicopters dropped water and two airtankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall.

The fire area is approximately 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5.

Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Wildland fire suppression resources included 7 ODF engines, 4 contractor engines and 6 bulldozers. Additional crews were ordered to assist with fireline construction operations, which will continue through the night.

Blackwell Hill Rd. is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center has been set up at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth St., Central Point.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blackwell Road fire now at 100 acres

The Blackwell Road fire burning near Gold Hill has grown to 100 acres. ODF crews with assistance from Jackson County Fire District 3 expect to bring the fire under control Sunday night. 20 structural protection engines and 8 ODF engines, 3 helicopters and 2 air tankers are on scene.


Note for Medford news media – ODF SW Oregon District PIO Brian Ballou is available for updates.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Blackwell Road fire visible from Medford & I-5; ODF is on scene

Crews from the ODF SW Oregon District/Medford Unit are battling a grass fire in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road near Gold Hill in rural Jackson County. The fire was reported about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and by 5:30pm was estimated at 40 acres. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Six engines from ODF and one fire crew are responding to the fire, with air support from two DC-7 tankers and three helicopters. Two dozers are working to assist at the fire. Jackson County Fire District 3 crews are also on the fire line. The fire is sending a large column of smoke up near Interstate 5, as the fire scene is about a mile from the freeway.

Fire Danger remains at ‘High’ and fire season precautions remain in effect in Jackson County.

As new information is confirmed and released from the fire scene, please check SWOFIRE on Twitter at http://twitter.com/swofire

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Friday, September 10, 2010

Closures continue at Scott Mountain Fire

Source: Southern Cascades Incident Management Team.

ATTENTION RECREATIONAL USERS: Portions of the Mt. Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the USFS McKenzie River Ranger District remain closed in order to facilitate fire operations. Hwy 242 is open to through traffic from Hwy 126 to Sisters. Forest roads and trailheads north and east of the highway are closed to the public.

Closures: An emergency closure is in place for the Scott Mountain Fire area. The closure area map is available online at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/map/2082/14/

"We regret the inconvenience to hunters, hikers and campers. Recent rains have reduced fire activity allowing firefighters to continue working on contingency lines. Heavy machinery is also active on many of the roads within the closure area making needed improvements for when the roads reopen," said John Poet, Incident Commander. "The closure will be evaluated as conditions change. In the meantime, we want to encourage visitors to explore other areas of the District."

The Scott Mountain Fire is being managed using direct and indirect suppression strategies. This reduces risk exposure to firefighters, and allows for the protection of valuable resources in the area.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures are predicted to warm-up beginning Friday with highs in the 60's. A west to northwest wind is expected over the weekend. The fire has large dry logs which continue to burn and have the potential to ignite surrounding fuels despite the recent precipitation.

Planned Actions: Crews are nearly finished mopping-up the western edge of the fire perimeter where the fire pushed outside of the wilderness boundary. Heavy machinery continues to clear road debris and reinforce containment lines to the north and south. Large logs are being left for firewood and fish habitat restoration projects. Road graders are working on the main travel routes in the closure area.

Scott Mountain Fire Information/ Phone: 541-822-9920

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

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rain, cooler weather reduces fire danger in NE Oregon

As of 1:00 a.m. on September 10, 2010, the regulated closure that was in place on private land has been suspended for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire danger allowing the suspension of the Regulated Use Closure. Unseasonable September weather may give a false sense of security which can result in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires. It is important to practice fire prevention, especially as it relates to burning or campfires.

A Fire Season declaration remains in effect for the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northeast Oregon District.

Fire season requirements include:

• Burning permits are required on all private forestland within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) within Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, Malheur, and portions of Morrow and Grant Counties. Contact your local ODF office in La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, or Pendleton to acquire a burning permit.

• Logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on private lands protected by ODF. Contact your local Stewardship Forester at any local ODF office for more information.

• Campfires must be DEAD OUT! Do not leave fires unattended. Get permission from the landowner before having a campfire.

Joe Hessel Baker City Assistant Unit Forester reminds the public “to be vigilant about putting their fires out prior to leaving camp. Although it is cool and damp, we still want to be attentive to changing fire conditions.”

Do not leave any open burning unattended, including small warming fires. Make sure any open burning or campfire is completely out before leaving it. Have water and a shovel nearby. When practicing campfire safety, build your campfire on bare, level ground away from combustible materials and keep the fire small. Stay with your fire at all times. Before leaving, drown the fire with water, stirring with a shovel until all embers are soaking wet and cold to the touch. Use these practices when disposing of ash from woodstoves and Bar-B-Q’s as well.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml -- Look under fire restrictions.

Jamie Knight / Christie Shaw
Oregon Department of Forestry, NE Oregon District

Regulated Use Closures end for ODF lands in NE Oregon

The Oregon Department of Forestry has suspended Regulated Use Closures on ODF-protected forestland in northeast Oregon, effective 1:00am on Friday September 10. The announcement releases public use restrictions in effect during fire season on private, state, county, municipal, and tribal ODF-protected forests in eastern Umatilla, Wallowa, Union and Baker counties.

Visit the website for ODF's NE Oregon District at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/NEO/aboutneo.shtml  or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more information:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

For information about Public Use Restrictions for the Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forests:  www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/  - or - http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w

Kevin Weeks - Oregon Department of Forestry

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Round-up of three complex fires in Oregon

The Oak Flat fire in the Rogue River National Forest reached 100 percent containment Tuesday and has been estimated at 7,494 acres in size. Command of the fire was released from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local incident management team. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/


The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. Command of this fire incident was scheduled to be transferred from the Portland-based National Incident Management Organization team to a local incident team on Wednesday morning. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,775 acres with containment at 80 percent. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088 

The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained. Highway 242 has re-opened. An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Mt Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082

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.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rains expected to help View Lake Complex fires

Rain is expected in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Bull of the Woods Wilderness this week, which has fire managers optimistic about the View Lake Complex fires burning east of Estacada. The 4,757 acre fire is currently being managed by a federal National Incident Management Organization team based in Portland, but the fire command is expected to be transferred to a local team at 6:00 Wednesday morning.

Many area recreation closures are in effect surrounding the fire area. The hiker shuttle service for the Pacific Coast Trail is currently in operation from 9 AM to 6 PM. The shuttle will be discontinued on Monday, September 13th. Please consult the InciWeb page for the View Lake Complex for updated trail and road closure information.

Updated information about the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/

Two large-acreage fires continue in Oregon through Labor Day weekend

Two large acreage fires in Oregon under federal management are currently burning:

The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,757 acres with containment at 35 percent. On Sunday, management of the View Lake Complex was taken over by the Portland National Incident Management Organization team. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/


The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,454 acres and 35 percent contained. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/

Oak Flat close to full containment Tuesday AM

The Oak Flat fire continues to burn in the Rogue River National Forest in Josephine County about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, but command of the fire is expected to shift from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local team at 6:00pm today. The fire is currently estimated at 7,494 acres and is 95 percent contained, and full containment is expected later today. Cause of the fire continues to be under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

Morning status for ODF; quiet holiday weekend

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 72 hours.

Lightning storm Friday night keeps ODF Pendleton working late

The Birch Creek Road fire 8 miles east of Pendleton was battled by resources from the ODF Pendleton Unit on early Saturday morning. The fire began about 2:00 am Saturday due to a lightning strike but was held to 16.4 acres in size following a swift response from the Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District and ODF. Fire was fully contained by Saturday morning.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Daily Fire Update, Thursday, September 2, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Thursday, September 2, 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 4,478 acres and 35 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Scott Mountain Fire is burning 15 miles west of Sisters in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is 3,454 acres and 30 percent contained. Responsibility for this fire has transitioned from the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 to a local interagency incident management team as of September 1. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning 10 miles northwest of Selma on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, is 6,515 acres and 70 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 Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Daily fire update, Sept. 1, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

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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.






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