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.































Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Daily Fire Update for September 7, 2011

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on lands under ODF protection have been reported in the past 24 hours.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

The 107,090-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 252-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 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. An area of concern is the potential impact of the fire on the Bull Run watershed for the City of Portland.

The 5,526-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 200-acre Little Butte fire (also called Incident 472) is burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest west of Big Elk Guard Station. The fire was reported Monday and Oregon Department of Forestry provided initial attack resources. Approximately 215 firefighters from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Jacksonville Fire Department and private contractors are currently on scene.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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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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