Current situation

Welcome rain and cooler temperatures early this week have reduced fire danger in Oregon. The change in weather has also helped check the growth of many existing fires and allowed firefighters to increase containment levels.




















Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cache Creek fire still growing in NE Oregon


The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 63,300 acres - including 3,200 acres under ODF protection -- in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 40 percent contained.
The fire reflects multiple ownerships, covering portions of Oregon and Washington on a mix of U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands.
ODF resources currently assigned to this fire Tuesday include two engines, and the division assigned to the ODF-protected area of the fire is in mop-up status. The local ODF Northeast Oregon District continues working closely with the interagency incident management team to reduce impacts to the private, ODF-protected forestlands that are involved.  
Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/
Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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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