Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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

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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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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