Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Daily fire update - 10-09-12

Fire weather and fire prevention
The extended period of warm, dry weather that has kept firefighters busy may give way to more typical fall conditions this weekend, if the forecast for rain bears out. But for the present, fire danger remains high. An extended period of rain will be needed to substantially lower the risk. Please remain vigilant about fire safety.

Outdoor debris burning remains prohibited in most areas throughout the state. Campfires, while only allowed in designated campgrounds, should not be built at all under the current conditions. In addition, motor vehicles are only allowed on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation. For a complete list of restrictions in specific areas, log on to

A few fire prevention tips for private forest landowners and operators:
1) Monitor weather conditions – such as humidity and wind – and consider earlier close-down of operations if the weather warrants it;
2) keep equipment in good working order and free from flammable debris, as well as parking it away from flammable material when shutting down for the day;
3) Fire Watches – stay on high alert; and
4) Be prepared by performing daily checks of fire suppression and communications equipment.

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

Fires on other lands
The Pole Creek Fire, six miles southwest of Sisters in mature timber and down, bug-killed timber, is 26,795 acres, and 90 percent contained.

Residents are reminded that we are still in fire season and this fire is not fully contained. Due to hunters in the woods and continued dry conditions, new fire starts are a concern. If you are traveling in the forest, be aware of current fire restrictions and stay alert.

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

About this update
This update focuses on fires on ODF-protected lands and fires on other jurisdictions in which ODF plays a significant support role. The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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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.

What we do

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.