Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fire Update for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

The Briley Mountain Fire north of Monument on the John Day Unit reported July 9 is still burning in grass, juniper and slash, now 650 acres. 2 structures threatened.
12 additional 20-person crews assigned to the fire yesterday and a Type 3 Team has been assigned to the fire. Yesterday, air tankers were effective in assisting firefighters. Cause under investigation.

The lightning-caused 230-acre Steward Ditch II Fire burning in sage, grass and juniper 4 miles east of Dayville, OR., is contained. Highway 26 is open.

The lightning caused 900-acre Bonita Fire (BLM) located 14 miles southeast of Ironside, OR., burning in grass and sage. 10% containment.

The Miller Homestead Fire burning 12 miles west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass threatening the town of French Glen. Approx. 45,000 acres, 10 % containment.

The lightning caused North Ridge Bully Creek Fire located 10 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 15,000 acres, 10% containment.

The Longdraw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 290,000 acres, 0% containment.  Highway 95 continues to be closed intermittently.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website,, or to the national Incident Information System website,
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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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. In total there are about 30.4 million 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.