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.

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 --

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.

ODF Public Affairs Office

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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 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.

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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