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.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day plans could include fire prevention

Have any plans for the Memorial Day weekend? How about getting your home and property ready for Oregon’s summer fire season by taking steps now to create a zone that can stop the spread of destructive wildfire.

An increasing percentage of Oregon’s residents are living in less urbanized areas or residential areas that include forests, seeking opportunities to enjoy trees and natural beauty right outside their door. However, the risk of being affected by wildfire can also increase.

You can significantly reduce your risk of wildfire in just a few hours. Prepare your home to be wildfire-resistant by focusing on your home ignition zone. In the first 30 feet around your home, create a fire-resistant zone to help reduce the spread of wildfire and protect your property.

ODF urges homeowners to take these simple steps to protect your home and reduce your risk of losing your home to a rapidly moving wildland fire:

• Define your defensible space - 30 feet away from your home.

• Reduce flammable brush around your home and under nearby trees.

• Prune or remove trees.

• Keep grass and weeds cut low.

• Clear wood piles and building materials away from your home.

• Keep your yard and roof clean.

• Keep address signs visible.

• Choose fire-resistant building materials and lawn furniture.

• Recycle yard debris – avoid burning.

• Be prepared to respond to wildfire.

Many more ideas are available on the FireWise website, and more information about wildfire protection is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry website.

Kevin Weeks
ODF Agency Affairs Office

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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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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.