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.































Friday, September 2, 2011

Daily fire update, Sept. 2, 2011

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Friday Sept. 2, 2011.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
The 15-acre Butte Creek Fire reported Sept. 1 burning on steep terrain in the Fossil Subunit of the Central Oregon District is fully contained. ODF resources fighting the fire included: three fire engines, two heavy air tankers, one single-engine tanker, two helicopters, one bulldozer and one hand crew.

The 13-acre Discovery Fire reported Sept. 1 burning in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District has been fully contained. Resources fighting the fire included six fire engines and one hand crew.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
The 57,597-acre Hancock Complex reported Aug. 24 burning northeast of Clarno along the John Day River was fully contained Sept. 1. The Bureau of Land Management led the suppression effort on this lightning-caused fire.

The 1,500-acre Webster Fire reported Aug. 24 burning four miles northeast of Warm Springs is 95 percent contained and in patrol status. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs is the lead agency on the lightning-caused fire.

The 193-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 75 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. Due to its location in the wilderness, the fire will remain 75 percent contained until the fall weather pattern sets in.

The 101,292-acre High Cascades Fire Complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 40 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,931-acre Smyth Creek Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Diamond is 95 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 550-acre Incident 615 fire reported Aug. 25 burning three miles southeast of Twickingham is 80 percent contained. It is now unstaffed and in patrol status. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 499-acre Lauserica Fire reported Aug. 26 burning 20 miles northwest of Fields is 60 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,310-acre Dead Dog Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 13 miles north of Mitchell is 85 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,801-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of the town of Hood River is six percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 485-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.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION:
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE:
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. However, because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

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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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