Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Sunday, September 2, 2012

Morning update - September 2, 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.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 73,300 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 80 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: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,982 acres and 15 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 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 on Saturday was 100 percent contained. 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 on Sunday morning is now 100 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 80 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

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/ , or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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