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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Morning update - September 26, 2012

ODF The Dalles Unit -- The Milepost 66 fire in the Columbia Gorge, burning 2 miles east of Hood River, is estimated Wednesday morning at 50 acres. Fire crews provided attack on the fire burning in steep terrain throughout the night after the fire was reported just after 8:00pm Tuesday. The fire is burning along the Mark Hatfield trail between Hood River and Mosier; the trail is closed during the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire crosses several ownership types, and resources from ODF, the U.S. Forest Service, multiple fire districts including Wy’East Fire District and Westside FD are assigned to the fire. An estimated 30 fire personnel from all responding agencies worked the fire Tuesday night. Mutual aid is being provided from a Washington DNR fire engine. Wednesday, 4 ODF engines are working the fire and an ODF helicopter has been ordered for air attack on the fire.

ODOT advises that one eastbound lane of Interstate 84 is blocked between MP 66 and 67 due to fire activity. Motorists are advised to be prepared for slowdowns.

ODF Grants Pass Unit -- The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County burning 11 miles southwest of Glendale is 26 acres in size and 80 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.


The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 75 percent contained. A community fire information update is planned for tonight 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:

The Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, has been mapped at just over 1,000 acres and is 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.

The Rooper fire burning three miles north of Antelope on Prineville District BLM lands was reported Tuesday afternoon. The fire in grass and brush is 600 acres and 10 percent contained.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website,  - or to the national Incident Information System website,

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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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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