Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx






Monday, September 3, 2012

Slate Creek fire burning near Grants Pass


The Slate Creek fire was reported Monday burning in timber and brush about 13 miles west of Grants Pass. Size of the fire Monday afternoon is estimated at 120 acres, burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. Several helicopters and air tankers are dropping water and retardant on the fire, assisting the ground attack provided by 8 ODF engines, 3 crews, one water tender and 3 bulldozers. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


The fire is west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill. Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Sheriff deputies. Douglas Forest Protective Association and US Forest Service are also assisting with fire resources.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Salem Brian Ballou - ODF SW Oregon District

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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