2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

2pm Update - Steward Ditch 2 fire

Steward Ditch II fire - 4 miles east of Dayville

Last night, two dozers worked late to put a fire line around 70% of the fire.  Crews experienced good recovery in relative humidity (a measurement of the amount of moisture in the air), which caused fire activity overnight to moderate.  This morning, dozers and crews were back out to start putting in a containment line around the fire perimeter.  The east flank of the fire is still considered open line (a place where there hasn’t been any fire line built).  A local fire management team, made up of personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry, the Malheur National Forest, and the Umatilla National Forest, assumed command of the fire at 8:30 this morning.  The Incident Command Post is located at Oregon Department of Forestry office, 415 Patterson Bridge Road. 

Public Safety Message: Highway 26 is currently open. The public is urged to watch for fire traffic around milepost 136, near Prairie Trout Farm. Lighted highway signs have been set up to caution people as the drive through.

Special Prevention Message: It is important that landowners and the public understand what fire season means on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. At this time burning is not allowed, other than in a burn barrel with a valid permit. Campfire safety must be practiced by making sure your campfire is not left unattended and is dead out whenever you leave it. Also, you need the permission of the landowner before you have a campfire.

About 100 persons are working this fire, which remains at 200 acres and no estimate of containment. This lightning caused fire has cost an estimated $118,000 to suppress thus far.

Angie Johnson
Oregon Department of Forestry / John Day Unit Forester

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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

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