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.


































Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


The Briley Mountain Fire on the John Day Unit reported July 9 is burning in grass, juniper and slash and is now 250 acres. Extended attack expected. ODF resources fighting the fire include: 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 3 fire engines, 4 20-person crews. Cause under investigation.

The lightning-caused 300-acre Steward Ditch II Fire burning in brush, grass and juniper 4 miles east of Dayville, OR., is 50 percent contained. 7 engines, 6 crews, 1 tender and 2 dozers have been assigned to this fire.

The 73-acre McKay Creek Fire burning in grass on the NEO District has been contained. Approx 25 acres were on ODF protection.

The 32-acre Battle Mountain Fire located on the NEO District just south of Battle mountain has been contained.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

The lightning caused 900-acre Bonita Fire located 14 miles southeast of Ironside, OR., burning in brush and grass. Full perimeter control, 0% containment.

The lightning caused North Ridge Bully Creek Fire located 10 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 500 acres, 0% containment.

The lightning caused Iron Fire located northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 1,000 acres, 0 % containment.

The Longdraw Fire 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 50,000 acres, 0% containment.

The Miller Homestead Fire burning 12 miles west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass threatening the town of French Glen. Approx. 11,600 acres, 10 % containment.

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 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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