Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Monday, September 10, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-10-12

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

Northeastern Oregon
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County has covered 73,534 acres and is 90 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of suppression efforts. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at:

Eastern/Southcentral Oregon
The Parish Cabin Fire has been burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. It's currently 6,481 acres and is now 95 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee suppression efforts through the duration of the incident. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The Pole Creek Fire (USFS) reported Sept 9 burning in timber southwest of Sisters, OR is approximately 1,500 acres and as of this morning is 0 percent contained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being nofified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. Highway 242 is closed at the Trout Creek intersection on the Sisters side and at White Ranch on the McKenzie side of the highway. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is enroute to take command of the suppression efforts this morning. For more information on the evacuations please contact Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line at 541-693-6911.

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 90 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. Interior islands of unburned fuels continue to burn out and put some smoke in the air. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of the suppression efforts. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

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, .

The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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