Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Daily Fire Update for September 6, 2011


The 13-acre Discovery Fire was reported Friday burning in grassland 5 miles from The Dalles and is fully contained. The ODF Central Oregon District, The Dalles Unit responded to the fire with 4 fire engines, one 5-person fire crew and additional heavy equipment resources from the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 106,697-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 70 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 130-acre Mother Lode fire is burning 10 miles northwest of Detroit. A full perimeter has been established around the fire, reported on Aug. 26. The fire is not contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the fire.

The 223-acre Jim White Ridge Complex reported Aug. 3 is burning 10 miles east of Cove. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fires with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

The 2,117-acre Desert Meadows Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Frenchglen is fully contained.
The 142-acre Red Cone complex of fires is burning 10 miles north of the Crater Lake National Park headquarters. The fire, which began Aug. 20, is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

The 4,500-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of Hood River is ten percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 3,453-acre Shadow Lake Fire reported Aug. 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

The Incident 472 fire was reported Monday burning near Medford. ODF provided initial attack support on the 200-acre fire burning in timber on steep slopes. Land jurisdiction was determined to be on federal land, and management of the fire was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service.


For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website,  or to the national Incident Information System website,

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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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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