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.































Saturday, September 10, 2011

Update on Cactus Mountain fire

The Cactus Mountain fire 17 miles northeast of Imnaha in NE Oregon is at 6,475 acres and 25 percent contained on Saturday morning.

Yesterday, fire command was transferred to NW Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. Firefighting strategies and tactics were developed, with firefighter safety, and protecting private land, key elements of the plan. This fire is being managed with close cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry.


The objective is to keep this fire east of the Imnaha River, south and west of the Snake River, northeast of Cow Creek, and north of private lands. There are sensitive resources and historical structures that need protection in the next 2 operational periods.

Crews were successful in protecting the structures at Dug Bar yesterday, when the fire made a run in that direction, with focus on the Litch Ranch in Cow Creek. Temperatures today in the canyon are forecasted to be in the upper 90’s. Crews will work today to notify the hunters in the Lord Flat area, as a precautionary measure for public safety.

Cactus Mountain Fire Information
(541) 432-6028
 cactusmtnfire0618@gmail.com

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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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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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.