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.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Motorists avert possible Tillamook State Forest fire Thursday

Photo: Oregon State Police

Two quick-responding motorists are credited with stopping a car fire from turning into a forest fire in the Browns Camp vicinity of the Tillamook State Forest on Thursday night.

According to OSP Senior Trooper Mark McDougal, on September 8, 2011 at approximately 6:40 p.m. two separate motorists traveling along Highway 6 near milepost 34 saw smoke coming from down a nearby gravel logging road. The two men identified as KEVIN RANDLES, age 22, from Beaverton, and MITCHELL ESPINOZA, age 24, from Scappoose, drove up the road and spotted an abandoned vehicle on fire starting to spread into some brush and adjacent wood.

Using water and dirt, the two men worked together to extinguish the flames. Responding fire personnel from Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry told McDougal that the two men probably averted a potential forest fire if the vehicle wasn't found and flames had continued to spread.

Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for setting the vehicle fire. McDougal confirmed the vehicle is an abandoned stolen vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Senior Trooper McDougal at 503-647-7631 ext. 433.

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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