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, August 7, 2012

392 Fire now part of Geneva 12 Incident

ODF provided extensive initial attack resources on the Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook. The ODF Sisters Unit deployed six engines to the fire, with 4 fire crews, a bulldozer, a water tender and air support from two helicopters. The fire, briefly known as Incident 392, was reported just after 12:00 Noon Monday burning 15 miles northeast of Sisters. The fire was mapped Monday night at 1,341 acres and is 30 percent contained. The multi-agency response is being dispatched by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center with incident management provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

Approximately 100 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.; however, the evacuation order was lifted around 10 p.m. when fire behavior calmed down. No structures were damaged or lost within the 3 Rivers subdivision; however, a pickup and a utility trailer were lost within the fire perimeter near Geneva Road. No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

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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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