Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Monday, August 6, 2012

392 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook

ODF Sisters Unit fire suppression resources are responding Monday afternoon to a fire burning in juniper, grassland and brush about 15 miles NE of Sisters. The Incident 392 Fire is an interagency response coordinated by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire was reported about 12:20 Monday afternoon, and early estimates place the size of the fire at 25 acres. The fire is believed to be lightning-caused.

Six ODF engines are assigned to the fire, with 4 fire crews, a bulldozer, one water tender and air support from two helicopters. Resources from the U.S. Forest Service are assisting with fire response at the Incident 392 Fire.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs


  1. My grandma and her fiber optic crew are in the middle of it. Trying to get evacuated but the fire keeps whipping around. Just wondering how fast this is growing and if there are any other evacuations going on.

  2. We live near the fire out near Lake Billy Chinook. We noticed that the smoke plume seems to have suddenly grown. Did this fire blow up and take off and if so how big is it now and any other information you may have about it would be appreciated.

  3. What is the status of 392 at this time? I had planned to go to property on Lake Billy Chinook tomorrow thru Monday.

  4. The 392 Fire is now called the Geneva 12 fire. Tuesday morning the fire size is mapped @ 1,341 acres and 30 percent contained. Fire response is an interagency effort led by Cent. Ore. Interagency Dispatch Center. 100 homes were evacuated last night but that was lifted @ 10pm. No road closures in effect currently.

  5. Were planning on camping at Perry South on Aug 25...Need to know if its ok?


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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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