Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Thursday, September 8, 2011

Daily Fire Update for September 8, 2011

Here is an update on fires burning on lands outside of ODF protection in different regions of Oregon:

** NORTH-CENTRAL OREGON

The 107,588-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2546

The 4,607-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of Hood River is 25 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. Crews hope Thursday to perform a controlled burn on Cathedral Ridge to reduce unburned fuels within the fire scene. Smoke from the controlled burn may be carried west toward the Portland Metropolitan area. Drivers on Oregon Hwy 35 are cautioned to turn on their headlights, slow down, and watch for fire traffic. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2563

The 300-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 6,026-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. A new closure area is in effect – the closure now extends to the west along the southeast quadrant of Highways 20 and 126. This includes a portion of the McKenzie River Trail. At this time the Clear Lake and Cold Water Cove recreation areas do remain open. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2550


** NORTHEAST OREGON

The 44-acre Chicken Hill 848 fire is burning in timber off FR 5185 in the Wallowa Whitman NF northwest of Baker City. Multiple resources have been used on this incident, including engines, ground crews, dozers, and helicopters – including assistance from 2 ODF contracted helicopters.

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.

** SOUTHERN OREGON

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 467-acre Little Butte fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 16 miles northeast of Medford is 5 percent contained. The fire was reported Monday and Oregon Department of Forestry provided initial attack resources. 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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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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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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