Current situation

Summer arrives this week, with maximum daylight hours. Having longer hours of sunshine allows more time for fuels to dry out with less overnight recovery of humidity.

Western Lane District has announced it will enter fire season on Thursday, June 21. Six other ODF districts and forest protective associations are already in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Monday, August 29, 2011

Media Release from the State Fire Marshal's Office: OSFM ACTIVATES FOUR MORE TASK FORCES FOR THE HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX; August 29, 2011 @ 2:57 p.m.

News Release from: Oregon State Fire Marshal

August 29th, 2011 2:57 PM

Due to increased fire activity, the Office of State Fire Marshal has deployed four more structural protection task forces to assist local resources battling the High Cascades Complex fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation. This brings the total number of task forces activated by the OSFM to eight. The task forces come from the following counties: Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River/Wasco, Lane, Line, Marion, Washington, and Yamhill.

There has been increased fire activity on the complex which consists of three fires, the Razorback, Powerline, and West Hills. Estimated combined size of the three fires has increased to more than 54,000 acres. Approximately 190 homes are threatened.

Currently, no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

Also on scene to assist with management of the structural protection task forces are nine members of the OSFM's Red Incident Management.

More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire…Evacuation Readiness
* After the Wildfire…

Jeri Chase, ODF Incident Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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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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