Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

No new fires, 10 acres or larger, were reported over the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The advance of the lightning-caused Barry Point Fire on private lands in Oregon was stopped this weekend at 12,424 acres. The fire is located 24 miles southwest of Lakeview. (See below for more details.)


The lightning-caused, 93,689-acre Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 51 percent contained.. Today, crews will continue with mop up, patrol, and begin rehabilitation along the established containment lines. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire, originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 292-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused 5,983-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is 37 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex, burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada, is fully contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 7,363-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 2 percent contained. Yesterday, a significant fire run occurred during the afternoon while the fire was under the influence of enhanced surface west winds which effectively doubled the fire size and spread beyond primary containment lines on the northern perimeter of the fire. Olallie Lake Scenic Area has now been closed, impacting trails and campgrounds in the area. More information on this fire I s available on Inciweb at:

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands, is 65 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 1,500-acre Sardine Fire, burning 14 miles southeast of Baker on mostly unprotected lands, with a small amount of Bureau of Land Management lands, is 50 percent contained.

The 142-acre Butte Fire burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County is 65 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. This fire has impacted and closed roads and trails in the Pacific Crest Trail system in the area of the fire. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

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.

The fire statistics posted for today are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry:

Reports of fires from the previous 24 hours, and a running total of fires for the year, can be found at:

Jeri Chase
ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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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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