Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Morning update on BLM fires in central/eastern Oregon

Source: NW Coordination Center, Portland
Three new large-acreage fires burning within the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management were reported on Saturday: Clarks Butte at 3,000 acres, Jordan Craters at 800 acres and Crooked Creek at 500 acres. No additional information is available Sunday on these new fires.

A full perimeter has been established around the Brown Road fire burning nine miles north of Maupin. The fire, now 5,650 acres is 80 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation, containment expected by August 10.

The Sutton Mountain fire 35 miles northeast of Prineville is at 4,000 acres and 10 percent containment but a perimeter has been established around the fire.

The Deadman Canyon fire is fully contained at 3,869 acres. The fire 8 miles southwest of Antelope was reported August 1 and is believed to be lightning-caused.

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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 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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Protection jurisdiction

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.

Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.