Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Central Oregon sees numerous lightning strikes Sunday

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

With approximately 3300 lightning strikes from the storm that passed over the Central Oregon area last night, firefighters from multiple jurisdictions are working on several small fires. They will continue to look for any new starts over the next several days.

There have been 17 new fires reported since last night’s lightning storm passed through the area. More fires are expected to be reported throughout the day. Fires are being staffed by Central Oregon interagency fire crews as they are reported. Engines, handcrews, smokejumpers, and helicopters all working various fires. The fires have all been reported at 1/10 of an acre or less.



  1. Do you know which county had the most strikes?

  2. This information was provided by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville. They would be the source for additional data about the storm Sunday in the region. Their phone number is 541-416-6811.


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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 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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Protection jurisdiction

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.

Fire suppression policy

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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