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.
































Friday, August 31, 2012

Morning Update - August 31, 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

NORTHEAST OREGON

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 72,000 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 55 percent contained. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire, drawing on the cooperative resources of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Vale District BLM, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and fire resources from Wallowa County and Asotin County (Washington). ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. Community meetings to update local residents on the fire were scheduled for Thursday in Imnaha and Friday night in Joseph. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/ .

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,503 acres and 10 percent contained. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. 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 20,461 acres and is 65 percent contained. For the public traveling on Highway 95, as you approach Jordan Valley please slow down and pay attention to signage as fire personnel and emergency vehicles are moving around the fire perimeter. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hay Creek fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 8 miles NE of Madras. The fire has been mapped at 1,016 acres and is 95 percent contained on Friday morning. Cause of the fire is believed to be human-caused.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,265 acres and is 70 percent contained. Area closures have been lifted for the Pacific Crest Trail, Breitenbush Lake, and the Jefferson Park recreational area. Closure remains in effect for Warm Springs Agency lands including Trout Lake. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

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

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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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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