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.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cache Creek fire update - Saturday AM

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon

Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
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The community meeting held last night in Joseph was attended by about 20 people interested in learning more about the fire.

The Zumwalt Road to Thomason spike camp is being watered and graded daily due to the heavy fire traffic.

Suppression activities today will focus on fireline patrol and mop-up along the north and northwest containment lines. Tentative change of command for the fire is early next week, with the fire being returned to the local District to monitor and complete mop-up. Since conditions continue to be conducive for extreme fire behavior, adequate crews and resources will be retained for the local Type 3 team to effectively suppress any new fire activity on the west.
Wallowa County's burn ban remains in effect. Local residents and recreationists are encouraged to be vigilant with any source of sparks that may start a fire. Since there are still pockets of heat scattered within the overall perimeter of the fire, residents can expect to see smoke intermittently until a season ending weather event.

Falling timber, rolling debris, and rocks in the fire area make the area unsafe for public activities. A Forest Area Closure remains in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. A map and description of the Forest Closure can be found at  or  A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place. An alternate route is available to detour around the fire area. Road guards are staffing road blocks limiting public access into the fire area for both firefighter and public safety. The need for the closures will be assessed daily and removed as soon as possible.

The Wallowa County Sheriff's Department (WCSD) issued a closure on Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260). The closure begins at the junction of Fence Creek (six miles north of Imnaha) north to the Dug Bar Landing on the Snake River. The WCSD will be staffing the closure.


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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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