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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deadman Canyon fire now 3500 acres

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

The Deadman Canyon Fire grew to 3,514 acres yesterday as winds pushed the fire on steep slopes north of Madras. The fire is burning in an area east of Highway 97 and north of Hwy 293, approximately 17 miles northeast of Madras in juniper, sagebrush and grassland.

Five abandoned outbuildings (old sheds, storage buildings, etc.) were lost Tuesday and several structures on the scattered ranches in the area remain threatened today.

Firefighters worked overnight on the fire, taking advantage of cooler temperatures and reduced fire behavior, and the fire is now 10 percent contained. Although winds are predicted to be lower today, firefighters will still be challenged by high afternoon temperatures, limited access and rugged terrain.

Due to fire traffic along Highway 293 and the location of the fire, Highway 293 remains closed between the junction of Highway 97 and Hwy 293 and the town of Antelope. Traffic traveling to Antelope or farther to Fossil should take Highway 218 south from Shaniko to Antelope.

The Deadman Canyon Fire is staffed with approximately 150 personnel. Fire is within Bureau of Land Management jurisdiction.

The smoke from Deadman Canyon will be highly visible from Highway 97. People traveling through the area should use caution, avoid stopping and watch out for increased firefighter traffic.

Firefighters are also responding to a small 30-acre fire on Sutton Mountain in a Wilderness Study Area located 35 miles northeast of Prineville. The fire is in a remote area and will be managed to stay within the WSA boundary and suppression actions will be designed to maintain wilderness values.

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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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