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, August 5, 2011

Brown Road fire now 5600 acres; recreation impacts

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

The Brown Road Fire nine miles north of Maupin along the east side of the Lower Deschutes River grew quickly Thursday and was mapped this morning at 5,600 acres. The fire started on the east side of the river near the Pine Tree put-in and moved east from the canyon bottom to the rim above the river. The fire is burning in grass and shrubs in the steep canyons. Several structures along the top of the river canyon remain threatened. The cause is under investigation.

The Deschutes River remains open for boating; however, campgrounds in Segment 3 were evacuated and are now closed. This includes all 8 campgrounds from Buck Hollow north to Macks Canyon. Day use is still permitted, and boaters are allowed to park their vehicles for shuttle. Campsites below Macks Canyon are open for rafters doing an overnight float to Heritage Landing, as are all sites in Segment 2 above and below Maupin. Boaters may be asked to temporarily halt their float while helicopters are dipping water. Please visit the Lower Deschutes River Webpage or call the Prineville BLM for more information.

Highway 216 from the Deschutes River east to Brown road is closed at this time for public safety. The fire jumped this portion of the highway and there is significant fire traffic along the route. Anyone traveling along the Lower Deschutes Access Road should watch for fire traffic and use extreme care. Smoke may impact visibility and drivers should use their lights, slow down and proceed with caution.

A lightning storm passed through central Oregon on Thursday, putting down more than 3,300 strikes. The majority of strikes hit along the east side of the Ochoco National Forest as the storm track northeast. Firefighters will remain positioned around the area to respond to any new starts.

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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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