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. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ODF assists on Braymill fire in Klamath Basin

Resources from the ODF Klamath-Lake District were among the interagency response to the Braymill fire, reported Wednesday afternoon burning northeast of Chiloquin in Klamath County on a mix of private and federal forest lands.

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership reported Wednesday the fire burned over 17 acres and is believed to have started from an unmonitored burn barrel. Two historic buildings at the Bray Mill Fish Hatchery were destroyed before the fire burned onto the Fremont-Winema National Forest and into a unit of the Chiloquin Community Fuels Project.

Fire suppression efforts on this incident include resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry, USFS Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District of the Bureau of Land Management, Chiloquin/Agency Lake Rural Fire Protection District, Klamath County Fire District 1 and the Keno Fire Department.

Additional information regarding the fire is being coordinated and released by the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

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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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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.