Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Friday, September 23, 2011

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Daily Fire Update for Friday, September 23, 2011.

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reported that the Alder Springs Fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. yesterday, September 22, burning near Alder Springs in the Whychus Creek drainage of the Crooked River National Grassland about five miles southwest of Culver, Oregon. The fire was estimated by 9 p.m. last night, September 22, to be at 300 acres. It is burning to the east towards Crooked River Ranch and several private ranches.

Alder Springs trailhead/trail and Road 6360 accessing the trailhead are currently closed due to fire suppression activities. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is scheduled to take command of the fire today, Friday, September 23. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

With many fires recently contained and the potential for others to start, hunters heading out for bow season should use caution when heading out to their units. They should avoid camping in or hiking through areas with active fire, watch for increased fire traffic on forest and rangeland roads and should watch for dangerous burned out stump-holes and snags in recently burned areas. Check in with local agencies before you head out to see if there are any additional fire restrictions or campground closures.

The Alder Springs Fire is not threatening any private forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

More information: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at or 541-416-6811.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, - or to the national Incident Information System website, . Note that the InciWeb system is experiencing a high volume of server traffic due to the number of wildland fires burning across the country and response times at times may be slowed.

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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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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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