Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Friday, September 14, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-14-12


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

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. Hunters in the area are warned to be cautious. Area closures remain in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place.

The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca is 6,481 acres and fully contained. A local Type 4 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee the suppression efforts through the duration of the incident.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 5,677 acres and 10 percent contained. Fire activity has increased today, producing a large column of smoke. All major highways and roads remain open; drivers can expect areas of limited visibility on Highway 242, Highway 126 and Highway 20.

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. A closure remains in effect for Warm Springs Agency lands including Trout Lake. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is in command of suppression efforts.

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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.