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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cactus Mountain fire in Wallowa County - Sunday update

Fire Size:  7,668 Acres

Containment: 10%
Location: 17 miles N/NE of Imnaha
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: Approximately 120
Closures/Restrictions:  Dug Bar Road at Fence Creek to all public access

Fire Information:
(541) 432-6028
Staffed 8a.m.-9p.m.


Yesterday was a good day on the fire. Firefighters continued to keep the fire east of Summit Ridge, and to the west of the Snake River. Structure protection for the Litch Ranch, along with additional work in the Cow Creek area was accomplished. Smoke jumpers and aircraft worked the ridges. and 44 loads of retardant were dropped totaling 27,776 gallons. Additional bucket drops of water were also used.

Crews will continue today to notify hunters in the Lord Flat area of this fire, as a precautionary measure for public safety. Approximately 30 vehicles were located at the gate on the road leading into Lord Flat.

Fire behavior is expected to be intense Sunday, as temperatures in the canyon, will reach 100 degrees or higher. Relative humidity is forecasted to be in the single digits. Wind gusts should be around 18 mph in the canyon. Fire could potentially spot today up to a half-mile away. There will be additional heavy helicopters assisting in the suppression effort today.

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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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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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