Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Monday, August 27, 2012

Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 27, 2012


With the moderate temperatures that much of Oregon has enjoyed over the past week (after many days of extreme heat), and as fall hunting seasons approach, the public is reminded that those cooler temperatures have not been accompanied by any significant precipitation and Oregon’s forestlands remain in high to extreme fire danger levels. There are also several large fires burning in Oregon that have resulted in trail, road, and other closures, and fire traffic may be heavy near those areas on roads that remain open, so be alert while recreating in the vicinity of fire activity. Humidity levels may be rising at night, and night-time temperatures are dropping significantly – pushing below freezing in some higher elevations of Oregon – resulting in the temptation to enjoy a warming campfire. Check on any local public use restrictions regarding campfires, smoking, power machinery/equipment use, etc., that may be in effect for the area before you head out to enjoy Oregon’s forestlands, and be fire-safe while there.


The 56,500-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise, spread WNW onto approximately 3,000 acres of private ODF-protected lands. ODF resources currently assigned to this fire include five engines and one crew, and the division assigned to the ODF-protected area of the fire is in mop-up status today. The local ODF Northeast Oregon District continues working closely with the interagency incident management team to reduce impacts to the private, ODF-protected forestlands that are involved. More information on other aspects regarding this fire is below.


The 56,500-acre Cache Creek Fire is burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, in Oregon and Washington on U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands, today, is 40 percent contained. This fire started late in the afternoon of Monday, August 20, from lightning that moved through the area. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3; Incident Commander Mark Rapp) assumed command of this fire at 0600 on Thursday, August 23. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 95 percent contained.. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped August 18 at 11,452 acres. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 294-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 90 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused 13,095-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is overall 25 percent contained. The Goff Fire, at 11,712 acres, is the last remaining active fire burning in the complex, and is 15 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 11,014-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 30 percent contained. 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.


*Note: These fire statistics include fire starts, cause, and acreage amounts that are input from ODF offices throughout the state. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not yet be included in the available statistics.

The most current fire statistic reports that are available can be accessed from the department’s website at:

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

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.

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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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