Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Monday, September 3, 2012

Slate Creek fire - evening update


A forest fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Josephine County community of Wonder has burned 120 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained, and five helicopters and two airtankers are bombing the fire's flanks with water and retardant. Five bulldozers, seven engines and three firefighting crews are constructing fireline.


The fire is west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 is open. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Search and Rescue. Rural/Metro Fire Dept. is protecting structures.

A night crew is being deployed to continue fireline construction. Access to the fire's edge is poor, but bulldozers are creating access points for hoses, portable water ponds and water tenders.

Brian Ballou - ODF SW Oregon District

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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 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. 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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