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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-13-12

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Department reopened the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road. The public is advised to avoid the area due to the potential congestion from fire suppression traffic. More information on this fire is on Inciweb,

The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca is 6,481 acres and 97 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee the suppression efforts through the duration of the incident. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb,

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 4,583 acres and five percent contained. Higher temperatures and lower humidty are forecast for today, likely leading to intensified fire behavior. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters including the Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 Road are being given a Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Key personnel from the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 will present two informational briefings at the Emergency Preparedness Fair in Sisters on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Team members will provide fire updates and information at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The briefings will include current status of the fire, expected fire behavior/activity, local weather trends, current maps and operational plans. The event will be held at Sisters Elementary School.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb,

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,

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website,, or to the national Incident Information System Internet site, .

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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