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.


































Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-11-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
Northeast Oregon
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team in command of suppression efforts will transfer management to a local Type 4 team today. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

Eastern/South Central Oregon
The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County is 6,481 acres and 95 percent contained. More information on this fire is avail able on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3216/.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 4,300 acres and uncontained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including the Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being notified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification due to the fire. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. A closure in place on Highway 242 was lifted on Sept. 10. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated. For more information on the evacuations, contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line, 541-693-6911.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and 90 percent contained. The closure has 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. For the latest fire Information and the most current area and trail closures, contact the incident information officer at 541-553-8190. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx, or to the national Incident Information System Internet site, http://inciweb.org/38 .

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.