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





Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Morning update - September 25, 2012


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


The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County burning 11 miles southwest of Glendale is 26 acres in size and 70 percent contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River Fire District, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County and DOC Shutter Creek inmates are among the 60 fire personnel assigned to the fire. Fire began Sunday evening, cause of which remains under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 70 percent contained. Fire managers anticipate the fire being fully contained by October 15. A community fire information update is planned for Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 P.M. at the Sisters Elementary School. Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, is approximately 1200 acres and uncontained. Trail closures are in place and visitors are advised to contact the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, who is managing this fire, prior to entering the area.

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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