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. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Morning update - August 29, 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.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 4,000 acres and uncontrolled. Local officials on Tuesday evacuated Lake Creek Youth Camp, Parish Cabin Campground, and surrounding dispersed informal campsites. Evacuations are being coordinated and carried out by the Grant County Sheriff. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is taking command of the fire scene Wednesday afternoon. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 19,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 68,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 40 percent contained. The fire reflects multiple ownerships, covering portions of Oregon and Washington on U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands. Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire; incident includes approximately 3,200 acres of private ODF-protected lands. The 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 this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/ .

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,188 acres and is 60 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

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: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/ .

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 100 percent contained. Private lands under ODF protection accounted for 11,452 acres of the fire. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/

Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs Office

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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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