Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-18-12


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

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The Hunsaker Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Halfway, Oregon, is 693 acres and 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the East Blues Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team through 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 1,672 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. Citizens are asked to consider avoiding the 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 17,500 acres and 15 percent contained. Fire crews strengthend containment lines yesterday. Additional burnouts were used to deepen and establish primary lines in advance of changing weather, which is anticipated to challenge existing fire perimeters. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort.

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. 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.