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.


































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 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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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.



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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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