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.













Friday, July 20, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-20-12

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Friday, July 20, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

The 57-acre Coe Springs Fire reported Thursday afternoon burning in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District six miles northwest of Long Creek is bulldozer-lined and in mop-up today. Resources at the fire include four fire engines and a five-person hand crew. The fire was caused by lightning.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen is 160,053 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Buck Creek Fire (BLM) burning 16 miles northeast of Hampton is 3,500 acres and fully contained.

The lightning-caused Baker Canyon Fire (BLM) burning 20 miles north of Madras is 8,309 acres and 50 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond is 763 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Crack in the Ground Fire (BLM) burning seven miles north of Christmas Valley is 450 acres and 50 percent contained.

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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