Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Friday, September 28, 2012

Buck Mountain fire north of Eugene


Buck Mountain fire scene Thursday night - Greg Wagenblast / ODF photo

ODF personnel responded to the Buck Mountain fire east of Interstate 5 and northeast of Eugene on Thursday night. The fire burning in replanted forestland was reported about 8:15 p.m. NE of the McGowan Road Overlook, and Friday morning is estimated at 18 acres. Continues to be an active fire scene that crews hope to make progress on Friday – last night, a bulldozer line was constructed around the fire to slow its growth. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


ODF South Cascade District dispatched 8 engines to the fire with a bulldozer and water tender. Crews were hoping to keep the fire size small late Thursday night through aggressive initial attack. Several rural districts provided assistance on the fire. On Friday, additional personnel and equipment from ODF’s Western Lane District and Douglas Forest Protective Association will assist the incident response.

Even as we move into autumn, fire danger is still very high throughout much of the state. Please be safe with fire when around grasslands and forests, and if you are travelling for recreations this weekend please call ahead to local areas for updated fire closure restrictions.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

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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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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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