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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hunter information booths this week in central Oregon

Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place. Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.

In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.

Hunter Booth Locations:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sisters- at Ray's West end of Sisters on Highway 20

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South in La Pine

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Walker Range/Crescent -- Highway 58 at mile post 71

Thursday 9/27/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on Interstate 84

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Dalles - Dodson Road

Thursday 9/27/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon on Hwy 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.


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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.

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.