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.































Thursday, August 9, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 9, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


Approximately 100 acres of ODF-protected lands are included in the Barry Point Fire (more information below); the fire is threatening Dog Mountain Lookout but the structure has been wrapped with fire protective shelter. The fire is approximately 1-2 miles from reaching additional private timberland to the east, and may become more difficult to control.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook is 1,337 acres and is now 80 percent contained. Yesterday fire behavior was mostly smoldering and the fire did not grow in size. Fire Information: 541-549-3189.

The lightning-caused Lytle Fire burning in grasslands 3 miles south of Vale is under BLM protection. The Lytle Fire burned together with the smaller Morgan and Enterprise fires and the fire is now contained.

The Barry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest west of Dog Mountain in Lake County. The lightning-caused fire is burning in timber, estimated this morning to be 3,000 acres and 25% contained.

Public advised to avoid the Dog Lake area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest if possible, and if in the area to watch for increased fire traffic. Dog Lake Campground was evacuated yesterday and remains closed. Fire Information: 541-947-6223.

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.