Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Deadman Canyon fire at 400 acres

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Firefighters are responding to a new wildfire ignited by the lightning storm that passed through Central Oregon yesterday afternoon. The Deadman Canyon Fire started yesterday on private land and moved on to BLM lands this afternoon. The fire, now approximately 400 acres, is burning in a remote area east of Highway 97 and north of Hwy 218; approximately 3 ½ miles northeast of the junction of Hwy 97 and 218. One home with several outbuildings is currently threatened by the fire.

The Deadman Canyon Fire is currently staffed with three helicopters and one single engine air tanker (SEAT), four engines, two handcrews, one dozer and two water tenders. Fire crews from the Prineville BLM are being assisted by Jefferson County Fire District #1, as well as by many local landowners. The fire is burning in juniper, sagebrush and grass vegetation in an area with limited access.

Central Oregon received more than 800 lightning strikes over the past 24 hours, and five new wildfires started from this storm. In addition to the Deadman Canyon fire, several single-tree fires were quickly contained. Firefighters will remain on standby for any additional lightning “holdover” fires that are reported. Additional thunderstorms predicted for this evening bring the potential for new lightning starts.

With conditions warming on the High Desert, fire officials want to take this time to remind visitors and residents of Central Oregon to be careful with fire. Vegetation is drying quickly, and the lighter fuels like grass and shrubs can be very receptive to an ignition source. Everyone should make sure to extinguish cigarettes inside vehicles and be sure campfires are “dead out” before leaving a site.

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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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