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.































Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daily fire update - 08-14-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The Barry Point Fire has now burned 8,532 acres of private lands in the Klamath-Lake District (see details below).

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview has consumed a total of 45,783 acres. It is 25 percent contained. The fast-spreading blaze has burned 33,595 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands in Oregon, 50 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands in California, 8,532 acres of private lands in Oregon, and 3,606 acres of private lands in California. ODF has 12 hand crews, 10 fire engines, one helicopter and 25 “overhead” fire management personnel assisting in the suppression effort.

The 418,235-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 219,205 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 199,030 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 48 percent contained.

The 234-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 35 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

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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.



What we do

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.