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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Monday, September 17, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-17-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused, 27-acre Smith Mountain Fire was reported Saturday burning in the Wallowa Unit of the Northeast Oregon District. ODF firefighters contained the fire in initial attack.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The Hunsaker Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Halfway, Oregon, is 693 acres and 40 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

The lightning-caused Ka Nee Ta Fire burning two miles east of Kah Nee Ta Resort is 150 acres and 20 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. The fire is burning in heavy sage and bitterbrush in a remote roadless area.

The lightning-caused Bear Slide Fire burning five miles NNE of Warm Springs is 200 acres and five percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort.

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 are in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Wallowa County Sheriff's Department has reopened the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260). Citizens are asked to consider avoiding this area given the potential congestion from the continuing fire suppression traffic. A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 16,500 acres and 10 percent contained. The fire remained active on Sunday with some short-range spotting but little growth. A public briefing is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Sisters Elementary School. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and fully contained.

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

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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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.

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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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