Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

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 85% contained. A special flight was conducted last night, which took infra-red pictures showing hot spots within the fire perimeter. A slight increase in burned acreage was discovered along the western edge of the fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The fire is burning towards natural barriers of rock. A Type IV Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire tomorrow.

Area closure: An area around the fire remains closed to public access during fire suppression activities. The closure area includes Forest Road 16 (Three Creek Lake), Forest Road 15 (Pole Creek Road), and a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST). A reroute is in place for that portion of the PCNST that is closed. Please refer to the website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3244 , for further information.

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.

Unless conditions change, this will be the last status report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning in sub-alpine fir 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, has been mapped at 1,009 acres and is uncontained. Minimal fire behavior reported. 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.



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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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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.