Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Monday, June 18, 2012

Douglas in fire season, SW Oregon on Wednesday



Fire season on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Southwest District begins Wednesday June 20 just after midnight. The fire danger level is currently “low” (green) but will move to “moderate” (blue) on Wednesday. Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be Level 1. The declaration affects state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Fire season restrictions that will go into effect on June 20 are as follows:

-- Debris burning will be prohibited, except burn barrels for which a burn permit has been obtained from ODF. Burn barrel use will be completely prohibited beginning July 1;

-- The use of fireworks on forestlands will be prohibited;
-- In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial:

• Camp fires must be in fire pans or on a fire blanket that is placed on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas which are naturally free of flammable vegetation.;

• Smoking will be permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river;

• Fireworks will be prohibited;

• Travelers must carry a shovel and a bucket with a capacity of at least one gallon;

-- Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands will be required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations in SW Oregon please contact the Medford or Grants Pass Unit. Additional information for the district is also available on SWOFIRE -- http://swofire.blogspot.com/

On Saturday, Douglas County lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association entered fire season. The start of fire season means the end of unregulated outside debris burning for Douglas County residents. Burn permits will be required and available until June 30th 2012. Residents need to check with their local fire departments for burning restrictions within their fire districts. It also activates industrial fire restrictions on all private, county, state and BLM lands.
Smoking is prohibited while working on, or traveling through, an industrial forest operation and a fire watch service is required at all forest operation sites. As fire season progresses, additional closures and restrictions may be imposed as weather conditions become more severe.

For further information on fire restrictions and forest closures on lands protected by DFPA, call the Closure Information Line at 541-672-0379. For other business, call the DFPA headquarters at 541-672-6507.

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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