Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land ended in most of Oregon last week as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settled over much of the state.





























Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Morning statewide fire summary - September 28, 2011

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:


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

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

Wasco Lake – Burning 10 miles northwest of Camp Sherman in the Deschutes National Forest – 200 acres and 70 percent contained; The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

Dollar Lake Fire -- 16 miles south of Hood River – 6,304 acres and 90 percent contained. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2563

Mother Lode – 10 miles NW of Detroit – 2,620 acres and 10 percent contained. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2536

Alder Springs Fire – 2 miles NW of Crooked River Ranch in the Ochoco National Forest – 1,449 acres and 100 percent contained on Monday.

Umpqua Complex -- 9 miles south of Toketee in the Umpqua National Forest – 1,019 acres and 81 percent contained. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2552

Red Cone Complex-- 16 miles south of Hood River – 1,216 acres and no containment forecast. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2648

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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