Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Daily fire update, 08-17-12

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Friday, August 17, 2012.

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported today on the lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Thursday evening declared a State of Emergency due to forecast extreme weather conditions and a regional shortage of firefighting resources. The governor’s declaration authorizes the immediate use of Oregon National Guard helicopters to aid in fighting the Barry Point Fire as well as additional crews and resources as needed.

The lightning-caused, 79,272-acre Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 30 percent contained. In Oregon, the fire has burned 9,400 acres in ODF’s Klamath-Lake District, and the department has a number of firefighting resources assisting in the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused, 462,201-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 247,206 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 214,995 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 86 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 282-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 25 percent contained.

The lightning-caused 4,140-acre Fort Complex burning on the Klamath National Forest in Calif. and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon is 35 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nev., is 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 2,800-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is uncontained.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website,, or to the national Incident Information System website,

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 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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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.