Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Saturday, August 4, 2012

Red Flag Warning for central, southern and eastern Oregon in effect



The National Weather Service offices in Medford, Pendleton and Boise issued Red Flag Warnings Saturday afternoon, warning of high fire potential over a combined area covering all Oregon counties east of the Cascade Mountains and most of SW Oregon.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect:


In Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake Counties – Red Flag Conditions in effect from 5:00am Sunday until 11:00pm Sunday PDT


In Malheur & Harney County – 3:00pm Mountain time Sunday until 6:00am Monday MDT


For all other central and eastern Oregon counties – 11:00am PDT Sunday until 11:00pm Monday

Thunderstorms are predicted in the region that will produce abundant dry lightning at first, with thunderstorms increasing in moisture levels later during the storm event. Additional storms may develop in the region again Monday.

Gusts of 20-40 mph are possible in central/eastern Oregon, and dry forest fuel levels may result in numerous lightning-started wildfires. A combination of low humidity, strong wind and warm temperatures create high potential for fire starts.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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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