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.































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.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
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.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
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.

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.



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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.