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





Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daily Fire Update - July 19, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Thursday, July 19, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 20-acre Hills Fire reported Wednesday morning in the Klamath-Lake District 10 miles south of Klamath Falls was fully lined by evening and in mop-up. A fire engine is monitoring the site today. Cause is under investigation. The Winema Hotshots assisted ODF with initial attack on the fire yesterday (not reported previously).

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 1,000 acres and five percent 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 75 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.

FIRE WEATHER
For current fire weather information, go to:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml

WILDFIRE SMOKE FORECASTS
For current smoke information:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information

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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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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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