All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daily fire update - 07-18-12

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

The 20-acre Hills Fire reported early Wednesday morning in the Klamath-Lake District 10 miles south of Klamath Falls is 10 percent lined. A helicopter is working the fire along with five fire engines, an eight-person hand crew, the Winema Hotshots and a water tender. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen in brush and grass is 160,058 acres and 90 percent contained. An evacuation notice continues for the community of Frenchglen and South Harney Lake. Prior to entering the area, check www.tripcheck.com for traffic closures or delays.

The lightning-caused Baker Canyon Fire (BLM) burning 20 miles north of Madras is 8,058 acres and 20 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond, Ore., is 500 acres and uncontained. A Type 2 incident management team will take over the fire today.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.