Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Where do I go for fire restriction information?


Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands. Closures exist on many federal-managed lands and several large private forest land owners have also closed access to their lands.


The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

Private lands in the central Oregon area

Oregon Department of Forestry:

Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties - Prineville Unit 541-447-5658

Gilliam, Morrow, Hood River, and Wasco counties - The Dalles Unit 541-296-4626

Wheeler, Grant, and Harney counties - John Day Unit 541-575-1139

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/centraloregon/pages/index.aspx


Public lands in central Oregon

USDA - Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300

Ochoco National Forest 541-416-6500

Malheur National Forest 541-575-1321

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/



USDI - Bureau of Land Management

Prineville District 541-416-6700

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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Protection jurisdiction

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.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.