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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fire update for Thursday, July 12, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Thursday, July 12, 2012.


The 798-acre Briley Mountain Fire 3 miles northeast of Monument on the John Day Unit is 90 percent contained. Resources assigned to the fire included 13 crews, 12 engines, 2 helicopters, 2 dozers and 3 water tenders. The Incident Command post and fire camp are located at Monument School.

Activities today include reinforcing fireline, patrolling, and extinguishing any hot areas that still remain. Full containment is expected today. Cause under investigation.


The Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass is now approximately 60,000 acres. State Highway 205 continues to have temporary closures and ODOT is using a pilot car to escort vehicles through the fire area. The fire is now 30 % contained.

The Long Draw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 455,029 acres, 30% contained. Highway 95 continues to be closed intermittently.

The lightning-caused Bonita Complex (BLM) 15 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., is 15,000 acres and 50 percent contained. The complex is made up of the Bonita and Iron Fires.

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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.

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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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