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.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Morning Update - September 1, 2012

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected land were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.


The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 72,800 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 70 percent contained. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire, drawing on the cooperative resources of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Vale District BLM, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and fire resources from Wallowa County and Asotin County (Washington). ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at:
The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,793 acres and 10 percent contained. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is leading the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 20,461 acres and is 95 percent contained. For the public traveling on Highway 95, as you approach Jordan Valley please slow down and pay attention to signage as fire personnel and emergency vehicles are moving around the fire perimeter. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hay Creek fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 8 miles NE of Madras. The fire has been mapped at 1,016 acres and is 95 percent contained. Cause of the fire is believed to be human-caused.

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 75 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:

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

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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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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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