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.


































Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beals Ck Fire in Douglas Co. at more than 75 acres

July 5, 2011
Just when everyone thought the fireworks were over, a fire east of Canyonville sent firefighters scrambling into the hills near Days Creek late Monday night. The Beals Creek Fire, located about three miles southwest of Days Creek, was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night and is currently estimated at more than 75 acres this morning. Fire crews and engines from Douglas Forest Protective Association and several fire departments from south Douglas County responded.

The fire is burning in logging slash and timber in steep, rugged terrain not fit for bulldozers. Firefighting hand crews worked throughout the night to scratch a fire trail around the flames. The fire remains uncontained.

Close to 100 firefighters are slated to work the fire today with the support of one helicopter, one bulldozer, seven fire engines and four water tenders. Oregon Department of Forestry and several landowners are assisting in the effort.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the cause of the fire is asked to contact DFPA at 541-672-6507 or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

Fire season is currently in effect. All outdoor debris burning has been suspended. Increasing summer temperatures are causing fire danger to rise and fire professionals are asking the public’s cooperation in their vigilance to prevent human caused fires.

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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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