Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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 17, 2011

Wildland fires in Tigard, Cornelius today are training exercises

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Clean Water Services will be joining forces on Wednesday, August 17th to clear non-native vegetation from a parcel of property owned by Clean Water Services just east of Cook Park at the end of SW 85th Street in Tigard.

Clean Water Services wants to restore the area to an oak savannah and TVF&R will assist them by setting small brush fires to burn away non-native vegetation. The event also provides firefighters the opportunity to hone their wildland firefighting techniques.

Hot and dry conditions this time of year produce ideal training circumstances because smoke rises rapidly and fuels burn quickly. If weather conditions are not favorable for a safe burn, fire commanders will cancel the event. The fire is expected to start about 1:30 pm.

Media wanting additional information about the Tigard exercise should contact Brian Barker, TVF&R Public Affairs Officer.

The Cornelius Fire Department will be holding a live fire training event burning approximately 20 acres of wheat stubble on SW Golf Course Road south of the City of Cornelius. This event will likely produce a smoke column that will be easily visible in the sky from anywhere in western Washington County, especially the Highway 219 area between Newberg and Hillsboro.

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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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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.