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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Morning update - August 28, 2012

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected land were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

With the moderate temperatures that much of Oregon has enjoyed over the past week and as fall hunting seasons approach, public members are 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 or 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 National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Klamath, Lake and Harney Counties, in effect from 2:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday. Strong gusty winds are expected along with low relative humidity, increasing the potential for wildland fire ignition.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Acreage Tuesday was estimated at 11,786 and the fire is 50 percent contained. More information on this fire Is available on Inciweb at:

The lightning-caused, 295-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 95 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. 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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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.