Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

ODF assisting with Warm Springs fire

ODF has dispatched one engine from the Central Oregon District to assist the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs with battling a rapidly growing wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon prior to 2pm near the Upper Dry Creek area of the Warm Springs reservation. Interagency resources from across central Oregon, including a team of Prineville Hotshots, are being mobilized to assist on the fire, which by 5 pm was estimated to be roughly 300 acres in size. ODF is assisting the fire in a resource capacity. Fire management is under the direction of the CTWS.

Caution is urged in the vicinity of US Highway 26 near Warm Springs as the Oregon Department of Transportation may be closing the highway for brief intervals during Thursday night to allow crews to set backfires in an effort to stop the advance of the fire. ODOT is urging motorists to avoid the area.

Highway 3, the primary access road to the Kah-Nee-Tah area, is closed due to the fire. The Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross has been mobilized to provide emergency assistance to those persons affected by the fire.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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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, 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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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.