Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


The Slate Creek fire burning in timber and brush about 13 miles west of Grants Pass was reported Monday. Size of the fire Tuesday is estimated at 150 acres; fire is burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. The fire, west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill, now has line constructed around 85% of its perimeter.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 remains open. 5 engines are being ordered for tonight. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Sheriff deputies. ODOT, OSP and Douglas Forest Protective Association are also assisting.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The lightning-caused Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 73,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 90 percent contained. Transfer of command to IMT3 (Tyler) took place this morning. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire reported last Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County, is currently 6,481 acres and 65 percent contained. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,265 acres and is 85 percent contained. Area closures have 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. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

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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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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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