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.













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.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

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.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

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 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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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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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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