Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

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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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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