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 28, 2012

Barry Point fire now fully contained

Source: South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership


The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is now 100 percent contained. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped August 18 at 11,452 acres.

All evacuations due to the fire have been lifted in Oregon and California. While area residents will continue to see smoke within the fire perimeter as unburned fuels on the interior of the fire burn out, several large fires burning in California are the major contributors to the smoke impacts in the south-central Oregon area.

On the Fremont-Winema National Forest all the National Forest Lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway140), Dent creek and Barry Point remain closed for fire management activities.

On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then to the west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake are closed. Also, on the Modoc NF the Janes Camp Ground is closed.

More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105

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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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