Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Morning Update - August 7, 2012

The Incident 392 Fire near Sisters was the single large fire on ODF-protected lands reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Work continues today throughout central and south-central Oregon detecting ‘holdover’ fires that may have been ignited during Sunday’s extensive thunder/lightning storms.


The Cougar Fire was reported Sunday burning in brush 50 miles south of Jordan Valley in eastern Malheur County. The fire, on BLM ownership and believed to be a lightning-caused ignition, is 100 percent contained Tuesday morning and estimated at 467 acres.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 85 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23.

The Lytle Fire is 3 miles south of Vale burning grasslands under BLM protection. Fire size is estimated at 4,000 acres and is 50 percent contained. Lightning ignited the fire, which was reported Monday. BLM crews are assisted by the Vale, Nyssa and Ontario rural fire departments.

The Berry 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 Tuesday to be 150 acres. No estimate on containment.

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,

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

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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 mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% 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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