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. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Friday, June 3, 2011

ODF Fire Update - Week Ending June 3, 2011

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for the week ending Friday, June 3, 2011. During the early part of the wildfire season, updates will be sent only when significant fires occur. A weekly summary will be sent on Fridays.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
There were no fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands reported during the past week.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
No reports of fire on other lands in Oregon.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION:
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/ , or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

OUT-OF-STATE DISPATCHES:
While Oregon is preparing to enter fire season, Alaska is currently battling several major wildfires, as have some other states over the past few weeks. Several ODF wildfire specialists have been dispatched to assist the Alaska and other states with firefighting incidents.

After conversations between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the State of Alaska, Alaska requested personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry to take command of the East Volkmar Fire, which is located approximately 25 miles east of Delta Junction, AK. A "short team" comprised of members from the Oregon Department of Forestry's Fire Team 2, was dispatched on Thursday, June 2.

The positions included in this short team are: an Incident Commander; a Deputy Incident Commander/ODF Liaison, a Safety Officer, two Operations Section Chiefs, an Operations Division Supervisor, an Air Operations Branch Director, an Air Tactical Group Supervisor, a Planning Section Chief, a Resources Unit Leader, a Geographic Information Systems Specialist, a Logistics Section Chief, a Services Branch Director, a Support Branch Director, a Communications Technician, and a Time Unit Leader.

Alaska requested this specific organization based on the objectives of the fire, the current fire environment, and the logistical challenges of suppressing fire in the environment where it is located. The assignment is a compact order including 14 days on assignment, with two days of travel on either end.

More information on the East Volkmar Fire can be found on the national incident information website, Inciweb, at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2253/.

Oregon Department of Forestry personnel participate in wildfire suppression activities out of state as a form of mutual aid. Personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry dispatched to fire assignments out of state are paid for by the state and the fire receiving the resources, so out-of-state fire assignments incur no cost to the State of Oregon. In addition to the mutual aid benefits from these dispatches, department personnel receive valuable firefighting experience and the opportunity to maintain or expand their own training and qualifications, which provides future benefits in a cost-effective manner for wildfire suppression activities in Oregon . Before considering out-of-state dispatches of any kind, the department carefully reviews the current and predicted situation and resources within Oregon to minimize any possible risk of diminished resources in the event of need here. Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Teams 1 and 3 are ready for dispatch here in Oregon, with Team 3 currently "up" in the rotation.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE:
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. However, because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

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Jeri Chase
ODF Public Information Officer
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager: 503-370-0403

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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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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.