Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily fire update - Aug. 31, 2011

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday Aug. 31, 2011.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
The 325-acre Elephant Rock Fire burning in the Northeast Oregon District-Pendleton Unit was fully contained Aug. 30.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
The 59,000-acre Hancock Complex reported Aug. 24 burning northeast of Clarno along the John Day River is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on this lightning-caused fire.

The 1,500-acre Webster Fire reported Aug. 24 burning four miles northeast of Warm Springs is 30 percent contained. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs is the lead agency on the lightning-caused fire.
The 193-acre Jim White Ridge Complex reported Aug. 3 burning 10 miles east of Cove is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused complex of fires.

The 2,117-acre Desert Meadows Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Frenchglen is 75 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 76,169-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 15 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,931-acre Smyth Creek Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Diamond is 95 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 550-acre Incident 615 fire reported Aug. 25 burning three miles southeast of Twickingham is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 611-acre Lauserica Fire reported Aug. 26 burning 20 miles northwest of Fields is 90 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,310-acre Dead Dog Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 13 miles north of Mitchell is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,600-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of the town of Hood River is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 350-acre Shadow Lake Fire reported Aug. 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

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.

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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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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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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