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.































Friday, August 31, 2012

Morning Update - August 31, 2012


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


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 72,000 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 55 percent contained. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire, drawing on the cooperative resources of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Vale District BLM, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and fire resources from Wallowa County and Asotin County (Washington). ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. Community meetings to update local residents on the fire were scheduled for Thursday in Imnaha and Friday night in Joseph. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/ .

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,503 acres and 10 percent contained. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 20,461 acres and is 65 percent contained. For the public traveling on Highway 95, as you approach Jordan Valley please slow down and pay attention to signage as fire personnel and emergency vehicles are moving around the fire perimeter. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hay Creek fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 8 miles NE of Madras. The fire has been mapped at 1,016 acres and is 95 percent contained on Friday morning. Cause of the fire is believed to be human-caused.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,265 acres and is 70 percent contained. Area closures have been lifted for the Pacific Crest Trail, Breitenbush Lake, and the Jefferson Park recreational area. Closure remains in effect for Warm Springs Agency lands including Trout Lake. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Road and area updates - Waterfalls 2 fire

Source: InciWeb

Waterfalls 2 fire - 5 miles NE of the Mt. Jefferson summit.

All public trail, lake, and campground closures have been lifted as of 6 a.m. August 30th in time for many campers and hikers to enjoy their favorite spots over the Labor Day weekend. The area closure and road blocks on the Warm Springs Reservation remain in effect while heavy fire traffic continues. Drivers on Highway 26 in Warm Springs are cautioned to slow down and watch for fire traffic throughout the weekend.


Personnel assigned to the fire have dropped to 826 as more resources are released to assist at other incidents. Air support has been reduced to one heavy, one medium, and one light-lift helicopter. The Warm Springs Agency has two light-lift helicopters available to assist, if needed.

Warm Springs Area Closure:

From the B-100 Road crossing under the Marion Flats BPA powerline south and west to the southern and western reservation boundaries

Road Closures:

Blockades located on Tribal land at Tenino/J-100 Jct, P500/P510 Jct (also known as the North Butte Junction), and the B-200/B-210/P500 Jct.

Fire Information:
541-553-8190

www.inciweb.org/incident/3165

###

Morning update - August 30, 2012


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


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Pending weather conditions, there is planned to be a 100-acre prescribed agricultural burn operation at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Reserve about 3 miles south of Corvallis today. The smoke plume is expected to be visible in much of the mid-Willamette Valley on Thursday. This land is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NORTHEAST OREGON

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 71,000 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 45 percent contained. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire, reflecting multiple land ownerships including U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands. Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. Community meetings to update local residents on the fire are scheduled for tonight in Imnaha and Friday night in Joseph. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,000 acres and uncontrolled. Local officials on Tuesday evacuated Lake Creek Youth Camp, Parish Cabin Campground, and surrounding dispersed informal campsites. Evacuations were coordinated and carried out by the Grant County Sheriff. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. USFS law enforcement officers on Wednesday provided escorted limited entry into the fire area to assist people evacuated with recovery of personal belongings. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 20,461 acres and is 50 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hay Creek fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 8 miles NE of Madras. As of Thursday morning, the fire has burned 1,016 acres and is 30 percent contained. Cause of the fire is believed to be human-caused.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,192 acres and is 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs Office

Corvallis burn planned for today


Pending weather conditions, there is planned to be a 100-acre prescribed agricultural burn operation at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Reserve about 3 miles south of Corvallis today. The smoke plume is expected to be visible in much of the mid-Willamette Valley on Thursday.

###

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Community meetings for Cache Creek fire

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon
Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
Inciweb Website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3202

Cache Creek Fire Community Meetings Scheduled This Week

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team 3 will have two community meetings providing information on the Cache Creek Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreational Area 41 miles northeast of Enterprise, OR. Separate meetings will be held this Thursday and Friday in Imnaha and Joseph. The agendas will focus on current fire information, fire behavior and an opportunity to ask questions related to the Cache Creek Fire. Handouts, including maps, will be offered to those attending.

The Imnaha meeting will be held on Thursday, August 30, at 6 pm at the Imnaha Christian Fellowship Church on Imnaha Highway.

The Joseph meeting will be held on Friday August 31, at 5 pm at the Joseph Community Center.

Information on the Cache Creek Fire can be found at www.inciweb.org/incident/3202  or by contacting the Cache Creek Fire information office at 541-432-0163.

The 68,500 acre fire is burning in both Oregon and Washington, on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), private, Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands. Over 840 personnel are assigned to the incident and with an estimated containment date of September 5, 2012.

###

Labor Day weekend fire safety tips


Don't let these cool mornings and shorter days fool you: Forests across a significant portion of the state are in high wildfire danger. For recreationists headed to the woods over the Labor Day Weekend, basic precautions can make your outing a safe and enjoyable one.


Check current restrictions: Public and corporate forest landowners generally try to offer as much recreational access to the forests as possible. For that reason, the restrictions on campfires, off-road driving and riding, and other activities in the woods can change frequently as fire conditions evolve. Be sure to check with the land management agency or landowner before you head out.

Fire safety tips: The common recreational causes of wildfires are easy to prevent:

- Campfires: First, check whether campfires are allowed where you plan to camp. If they are, go to the Keep Oregon Green Association website, www.keeporegongreen.org , for practical tips on building and maintaining a campfire.

- Off-road vehicle use: Dry grass or brush can ignite if it comes into contact with the exhaust system of a four-wheel drive, quad or motorcycle. Stay on established forest roads and trails during this time of high wildfire danger.

- Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in most wildland areas. A cigarette discarded in dry grass, leaves or needles can smolder for hours and eventually flare up into a wildfire.

"The Oregon public has done well this summer exercising fire safety caution in the forest," said Tom Fields, fire prevention coordinator with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Let's all continue that good record through the Labor Day holiday."

###

Barry Point fire - afternoon update

Source – South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership


The Barry Point Fire is now 100% contained. Approximately 270 miles of fire line, built by hand and dozer, are containing the fire. Mop-up and suppression repair efforts are in full swing with 465 personnel now focused on ensuring the fire stays within the containment lines.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is supporting the mop-up and fire line rehabilitation supplying a division devoted to working with private landowners of fire-affected property. This includes mopping up 300 feet inside the fire line, cooling down interior islands that have the potential to reburn, and assessing damage to fences, culverts and other infrastructure. "We're glad to be able to continue to support our constituents and get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible," said Deputy Incident Commander Kevin Burdon of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

There are heavy fuels and islands of unburned brush and trees within the fire perimeter that may still burn. Putting fire fighters in these areas, however, would expose them to significant risk while not impacting suppression objectives as they are inside the perimeter. These unburned fuels will continue to burn and produce smoke until they burn out or a weather-changing event such as heavy rains or snow put them out. There is no threat to homes and the fire will continue to be monitored.

Even though the fire is now contained, area closures in California and Oregon are still in effect to provide public and firefighter safety as crews and equipment continue to work in the area.

Closures:

On the Fremont-Winema National Forest all the National Forest Lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway140), Dent creek and Barry Point are closed

On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then to the west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake. Also, on the Modoc NF the Janes Camp Ground is closed.

More information -- www.inciweb.org/incident/3105

###

Parish Cabin fire - 12:30pm update

The Parish Cabin fire is currently being managed by the Malheur National Forest office in John Day. Interagency Incident Management Team Oregon 4 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later Wednesday. ODF is assisting IIMT Oregon 4 with resources.


Parish Cabin Fire- Evacuation Update / Road Closures

Source: Malheur National Forest / Inciweb

The Parish Cabin Fire estimated to be 5,000 acres is located 12 miles northeast of Seneca near the intersection of Forest Roads 15 and 16.

For public and firefighter safety, persons who may have been evacuated are not allowed to enter the fire area at this time. Officials are in the process of establishing a process for allowing evacuee's entry to Parish Cabin Campground as well as surrounding camping areas. When it is deemed safe to enter the area, an announcement will be made and the process will be explained.

For firefighter and public safety, roads in the area will be closed and road guards will be posted. Checkpoints will be located at the intersections of Forest Roads 15 and 1520, 1710 and 1619, and 15 and 1540 roads; as well as Forest Road 16 at Biggs Ranch, and Forest Road 16 at the east end of Logan Valley. The public is advised to remain out of the area due to extreme fire activity.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is scheduled to transition with the local team at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3216  or www.fs.usda.gov/malheur for updates throughout the day.

###

Morning update - August 29, 2012


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


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 4,000 acres and uncontrolled. Local officials on Tuesday evacuated Lake Creek Youth Camp, Parish Cabin Campground, and surrounding dispersed informal campsites. Evacuations are being coordinated and carried out by the Grant County Sheriff. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is taking command of the fire scene Wednesday afternoon. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 19,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 68,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 40 percent contained. The fire reflects multiple ownerships, covering portions of Oregon and Washington on U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands. Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire; incident includes approximately 3,200 acres of private ODF-protected lands. The ODF Northeast Oregon District continues working closely with the interagency incident management team to reduce impacts to the private, ODF-protected forestlands that are involved. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/ .

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,188 acres and is 60 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

The lightning-caused, 295-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 95 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/ .

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 100 percent contained. Private lands under ODF protection accounted for 11,452 acres of the fire. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/

Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs Office

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NE Oregon - Cache Creek fire - road closures implemented

Source - Inciweb

Closure of Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260) north of Imnaha


Due to the Cache Creek Fire moving southward toward the Imnaha River, beginning immediately, the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260) will be closed. The closure begins at the junction of Fence Creek (six miles north of Imnaha) north to the Dug Bar Landing on the Snake River by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Department and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

This closure impacts the river landing at Dug Bar. River patrols are posting notices up river at various locations. The closure will be staffed by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Department.

The closure is needed for public safety. The Cache Creek Fire started August 20, 2012, by lightning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

Incident Information Phone: 541-432-0163

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202

Red Flag Warning for Malheur County today

In addition to the Red Flag Warnings in effect across south-central Oregon today, the National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag Warning for Oregon’s Malheur County in effect from 3:00pm Mountain Daylight Time today until Midnight MDT.
Wind gusts of up to 30 mph are predicted with relative humidity as low as 3 percent in some portions of the forecast area. These factors could increase wildfire growth following an ignition.
Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs

Cache Creek fire still growing in NE Oregon


The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 63,300 acres - including 3,200 acres under ODF protection -- in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 40 percent contained.
The fire reflects multiple ownerships, covering portions of Oregon and Washington on a mix of U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands.
ODF resources currently assigned to this fire Tuesday include two engines, and the division assigned to the ODF-protected area of the fire is in mop-up status. The local ODF Northeast Oregon District continues working closely with the interagency incident management team to reduce impacts to the private, ODF-protected forestlands that are involved.  
Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/
Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Morning update - August 28, 2012


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


With the moderate temperatures that much of Oregon has enjoyed over the past week and as fall hunting seasons approach, public members are reminded that those cooler temperatures have not been accompanied by any significant precipitation, and Oregon’s forestlands remain in high to extreme fire danger levels.


There are also several large fires burning in Oregon that have resulted in trail, road, and other closures, and fire traffic may be heavy near those areas on roads that remain open, so be alert while recreating in the vicinity of fire activity.

Humidity levels may be rising at night, and night-time temperatures are dropping significantly – pushing below freezing in some higher elevations of Oregon – resulting in the temptation to enjoy a warming campfire. Check on any local public use restrictions regarding campfires, smoking, power machinery or equipment use, etc., that may be in effect for the area before you head out to enjoy Oregon’s forestlands, and be fire-safe while there.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Klamath, Lake and Harney Counties, in effect from 2:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday. Strong gusty winds are expected along with low relative humidity, increasing the potential for wildland fire ignition.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Acreage Tuesday was estimated at 11,786 and the fire is 50 percent contained. More information on this fire Is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165


The lightning-caused, 295-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 95 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126


Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Barry Point fire now fully contained

Source: South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership


The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is now 100 percent contained. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped August 18 at 11,452 acres.

All evacuations due to the fire have been lifted in Oregon and California. While area residents will continue to see smoke within the fire perimeter as unburned fuels on the interior of the fire burn out, several large fires burning in California are the major contributors to the smoke impacts in the south-central Oregon area.

On the Fremont-Winema National Forest all the National Forest Lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway140), Dent creek and Barry Point remain closed for fire management activities.

On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then to the west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake are closed. Also, on the Modoc NF the Janes Camp Ground is closed.

More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105

High winds predicted Tuesday in Klamath Basin, raising fire concerns


The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning for Klamath, Lake and Harney Counties extending into California’s Modoc County in effect from 2:00 until 8:00 Tuesday afternoon, predicting strong winds and low relative humidity which could promote wildfire growth.


Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph are predicted Tuesday along with humidity of 5 to 10 percent in some areas. These two factors could result in significant fire growth. Please prevent forest and rangeland fires and be fire-safe.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading wildland fire in the area within the next 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Monday, August 27, 2012

Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 27, 2012

FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER

With the moderate temperatures that much of Oregon has enjoyed over the past week (after many days of extreme heat), and as fall hunting seasons approach, the public is reminded that those cooler temperatures have not been accompanied by any significant precipitation and Oregon’s forestlands remain in high to extreme fire danger levels. There are also several large fires burning in Oregon that have resulted in trail, road, and other closures, and fire traffic may be heavy near those areas on roads that remain open, so be alert while recreating in the vicinity of fire activity. Humidity levels may be rising at night, and night-time temperatures are dropping significantly – pushing below freezing in some higher elevations of Oregon – resulting in the temptation to enjoy a warming campfire. Check on any local public use restrictions regarding campfires, smoking, power machinery/equipment use, etc., that may be in effect for the area before you head out to enjoy Oregon’s forestlands, and be fire-safe while there.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

The 56,500-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise, spread WNW onto approximately 3,000 acres of private ODF-protected lands. ODF resources currently assigned to this fire include five engines and one crew, and the division assigned to the ODF-protected area of the fire is in mop-up status today. The local ODF Northeast Oregon District continues working closely with the interagency incident management team to reduce impacts to the private, ODF-protected forestlands that are involved. More information on other aspects regarding this fire is below.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The 56,500-acre Cache Creek Fire is burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, in Oregon and Washington on U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands, today, is 40 percent contained. This fire started late in the afternoon of Monday, August 20, from lightning that moved through the area. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3; Incident Commander Mark Rapp) assumed command of this fire at 0600 on Thursday, August 23. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 95 percent contained.. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped August 18 at 11,452 acres. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/.

The lightning-caused, 294-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 90 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/.

The lightning-caused 13,095-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is overall 25 percent contained. The Goff Fire, at 11,712 acres, is the last remaining active fire burning in the complex, and is 15 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/.

The lightning-caused, 11,014-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 30 percent contained. More information on this fire Is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

FIRE STATISTICS

*Note: These fire statistics include fire starts, cause, and acreage amounts that are input from ODF offices throughout the state. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not yet be included in the available statistics.

The most current fire statistic reports that are available can be accessed from the department’s website at:
www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/fires/dailyFireReps.asp

Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 23, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

The 19,000-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise has moved onto approximately 200+ acres of private ODF-protected lands on the WNW boundary of the fire. ODF resources on the fire include engines, crews, air attack resources, tenders, and dozers, as well as fire management personnel. More information on this fire is below.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The 19,000-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, is currently 0 percent contained, and burning in Oregon and Washington on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands. This fire started the afternoon of Monday, August 20, from lightning that moved through the area. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3; Incident Commander Mark Rapp) assumed command of this fire this morning. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre [acreage reduction due to latest more accurate mapping] Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 70 percent contained.. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped last weekend (August 18-19) at 12,300 acres. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/.

The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire, originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3113/. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused, 292-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 80 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/.

The lightning-caused 5,200-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is 37 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex, burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada, is fully contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3143/. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused, 8,464-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 7 percent contained. The Olallie Lake Scenic Area is closed, impacting trails and campgrounds in the area, with closures expanded on lands owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and on the Mt. Hood National Forest. More information on this fire I s available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands, is 90 percent contained.

The 142-acre Butte Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County, is 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. This fire has impacted and closed roads and trails in the Pacific Crest Trail system in the area of the fire. More information on this fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3161/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry:

*Note: These fire statistics include fire starts, cause, and acreage amounts that are input from ODF offices throughout the state. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not yet be included in the available statistics.

The most current fire statistic reports that are available can be accessed from the department’s website at:
www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/fires/dailyFireReps.asp

Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager: 503-370-0403

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Daily Fire Update for Wednesday, August 22, 2012


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires, 10 acres or larger, were reported over the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The 4,000-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, is currently 0 percent contained. This fire started the evening of Monday, August 20, from lightning that moved through the area. The lead agency on this fire is the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (formerly named the Central Oregon Incident Management Team), Incident Commander Mark Rapp, will arrive today to take over management of this fire.

The lightning-caused, 93,231-acre [acreage reduction due to latest more accurate mapping] Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 65 percent contained.. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped last weekend (August 18-19) at 12,424 acres. State acreage breakdown for this fire: Oregon: 54,864; California: 38,367. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/.
The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire, originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3113/.

The lightning-caused, 292-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 75 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/.

The lightning-caused 6,444-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is 37 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex, burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada, is fully contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3143/.

The lightning-caused, 8,100-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 5 percent contained. The Olallie Lake Scenic Area is closed, impacting trails and campgrounds in the area, with closures expanded on lands owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and on the Mt. Hood National Forest. More information on this fire I s available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands, is 85 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 6,070-acre Sardine Fire, burning 14 miles southeast of Baker on mostly unprotected lands, with a small amount of Bureau of Land Management lands, has been 100 percent contained. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The 142-acre Butte Fire burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County is 80 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. This fire has impacted and closed roads and trails in the Pacific Crest Trail system in the area of the fire. More information on this fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3161/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Note: These fire statistics include fire starts, cause, and acreage amounts that are input from ODF offices throughout the state. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not yet be included in the available statistics.

The most current fire statistic reports that are available can be accessed from the department’s website at:
www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/fires/dailyFireReps.asp



Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer Fire Duty Officer Pager # 503-370-0403

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Tuesday, August 21, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires, 10 acres or larger, were reported over the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The advance of the lightning-caused Barry Point Fire on private lands in Oregon was stopped this weekend at 12,424 acres. The fire is located 24 miles southwest of Lakeview. (See below for more details.)

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused, 93,689-acre Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 51 percent contained.. Today, crews will continue with mop up, patrol, and begin rehabilitation along the established containment lines. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/.

The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire, originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3113/.

The lightning-caused, 292-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/.

The lightning-caused 5,983-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is 37 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex, burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada, is fully contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3143/.

The lightning-caused, 7,363-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 2 percent contained. Yesterday, a significant fire run occurred during the afternoon while the fire was under the influence of enhanced surface west winds which effectively doubled the fire size and spread beyond primary containment lines on the northern perimeter of the fire. Olallie Lake Scenic Area has now been closed, impacting trails and campgrounds in the area. More information on this fire I s available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands, is 65 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 1,500-acre Sardine Fire, burning 14 miles southeast of Baker on mostly unprotected lands, with a small amount of Bureau of Land Management lands, is 50 percent contained.

The 142-acre Butte Fire burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County is 65 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. This fire has impacted and closed roads and trails in the Pacific Crest Trail system in the area of the fire. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3161/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

FIRE STATISTICS
The fire statistics posted for today are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry:

Reports of fires from the previous 24 hours, and a running total of fires for the year, can be found at:
www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/fires/dailyFireReps.asp


Jeri Chase
ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403


Monday, August 20, 2012

Daily fire update, 08-20-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Monday, August 20, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The advance of the lightning-caused Barry Point Fire on private lands in Oregon was stopped this weekend at 12,424 acres. The fire is located 24 miles southwest of Lakeview. (See below for more details.)

The lightning-caused, 20-acre Antelope Fire reported Saturday burning in the Willow Creek/Drews Reservoir area of the Lake Unit of the Klamath-Lake District has been contained. ODF fielded several fire engines, one bulldozer and a partial hand crew to suppress the fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused, 93,949-acre Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 48 percent contained. Here is the breakdown of acreage burned: In Oregon, 12,424 acres on private lands and 43,158 acres on U.S. Forest Service lands; in California, 21,975 acres on private lands and 16,392 acres on Forest Service. The fire is 48 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 291-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 55 percent contained.

The lightning-caused 5,632-acres Fort Complex burning on the Klamath National Forest in Calif. and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon is 41 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nev., is fully contained.

The lightning-caused, 3,250-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is uncontained.

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands is 50 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 1,500-acre Sardine Fire burning 14 miles southeast of Baker on Bureau of Land Management lands is uncontained.

The 142-acre Butte Fire burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County is 50 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Daily fire update, 08-17-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Friday, August 17, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported today on the lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Thursday evening declared a State of Emergency due to forecast extreme weather conditions and a regional shortage of firefighting resources. The governor’s declaration authorizes the immediate use of Oregon National Guard helicopters to aid in fighting the Barry Point Fire as well as additional crews and resources as needed.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused, 79,272-acre Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview is 30 percent contained. In Oregon, the fire has burned 9,400 acres in ODF’s Klamath-Lake District, and the department has a number of firefighting resources assisting in the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused, 462,201-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 247,206 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 214,995 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 86 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 282-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 25 percent contained.

The lightning-caused 4,140-acre Fort Complex burning on the Klamath National Forest in Calif. and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon is 35 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nev., is 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused, 2,800-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is uncontained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daily fire update, 08-16-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Thursday, August 16, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported today on the lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

The lightning-caused Barry Point Fire burning 22 miles southwest of Lakeview has burned 8,532 acres on private lands in ODF’s Klamath-Lake District, and a total of 79,000 acres on all jurisdictions in Ore. and Calif. The department has a number of firefighting resources assisting in the suppression effort. It is 30 percent contained.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The 436,560-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 224,556 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 212,004 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 71 percent contained.

The 3,657-acre Fort Complex burning on the Klamath National Forest in Calif. and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Ore. is 23 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning.

The 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex is burning on Bureau of Land Management lands northeast of the town of McDermitt, Nevada, on the Nevada/Oregon border. The lightning-started fire is 90 percent contained.

The 271-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 50 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning.

The 2,723-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is uncontained. The fire was started by lightning.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily fire update, 08-15-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported today on the lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview has consumed a total of 59,259 acres. It is 25 percent contained. In Oregon, the fire has burned onto lands in ODF’s Klamath-Lake District, and the department has a number of firefighting resources assisting in the suppression effort.

The 432,378-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 224,556 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 207,822 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 68 percent contained.

The 3,450-acre Fort Complex burning northwest of Happy Camp, Calif., consists of four separate fires that originated in northern California on the Klamath National Forest, and southern Oregon on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Goff Fire (2313 acres) is burning on the Happy Camp Oak Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath NF. The Hello/Fruit Fire (734 acres) is burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness on the Rouge River-Siskiyou NF. The Lick Fire (403 acres)is burning 10 miles east of the Wilderness. The complex is 20 percent contained.

The 250-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 50 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daily fire update - 08-14-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The Barry Point Fire has now burned 8,532 acres of private lands in the Klamath-Lake District (see details below).

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview has consumed a total of 45,783 acres. It is 25 percent contained. The fast-spreading blaze has burned 33,595 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands in Oregon, 50 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands in California, 8,532 acres of private lands in Oregon, and 3,606 acres of private lands in California. ODF has 12 hand crews, 10 fire engines, one helicopter and 25 “overhead” fire management personnel assisting in the suppression effort.

The 418,235-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 219,205 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 199,030 acres in Nevada. The lightning-caused fire is 48 percent contained.

The 234-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 35 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Daily fire update - 08-13-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The Barry Point Fire in the Klamath-Lake District has now spread onto approximately 4,500 acres of private lands protected by ODF (see details below).

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Barry Point Fire burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview has consumed approximately 30,000-acres total, mostly on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. It is 25 percent contained. Currently 201 structures are threatened. ODF has 12 hand crews, 10 fire engines, one helicopter and 25 “overhead” fire management personnel assisting in the suppression effort.

The 336,152-acre Holloway Fire originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 185,631 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management. The lightning-caused fire is 48 percent contained. Thirty-one structures are threatened.

The 185-acre Buckhead Complex burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir is 25 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fire Update for Friday, August 10, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


The Barry Point Fire (more info. below) has now spread to approximately 2,700 acres of ODF-protected lands. The fire is moving approximately 3 miles / day in heavy timber and threat to private lands is expected to continue. Yesterday, ODF sent 2 engines and 12 overhead to the fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook is 1,337 acres and now contained.

Firefighters mopping up. Fire Information: 541-549-3189.

The Barry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, OR. The lightning-caused fire burning in timber is estimated this morning to be 13,000 acres and 25% contained. Command and management of suppression efforts for the Barry Point Fire was transferred yesterday to Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 led by Incident Commander Brian Watts. A level 3 evacuation order was issued late yesterday afternoon for residents near the reservoir and structure protection resources have been staged in the evacuation area.

Public advised to avoid the Dog Lake area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest if possible, and if in the area to watch for increased fire traffic.

Dog Lake Campground was evacuated Wednesday and remains closed. Fire Information: 541-576-4974.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 9, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


Approximately 100 acres of ODF-protected lands are included in the Barry Point Fire (more information below); the fire is threatening Dog Mountain Lookout but the structure has been wrapped with fire protective shelter. The fire is approximately 1-2 miles from reaching additional private timberland to the east, and may become more difficult to control.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook is 1,337 acres and is now 80 percent contained. Yesterday fire behavior was mostly smoldering and the fire did not grow in size. Fire Information: 541-549-3189.

The lightning-caused Lytle Fire burning in grasslands 3 miles south of Vale is under BLM protection. The Lytle Fire burned together with the smaller Morgan and Enterprise fires and the fire is now contained.

The Barry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest west of Dog Mountain in Lake County. The lightning-caused fire is burning in timber, estimated this morning to be 3,000 acres and 25% contained.

Public advised to avoid the Dog Lake area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest if possible, and if in the area to watch for increased fire traffic. Dog Lake Campground was evacuated yesterday and remains closed. Fire Information: 541-947-6223.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


Approximately 100 acres of ODF-protected lands are now included in the Barry Point Fire (more information below); as of this morning spread has been stopped. Threat will remain for a couple of days, however.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook is 1,337 acres and is 30 percent contained. A Type II Incident Management Team assumed control of the fire yesterday at the middle school in Sisters, OR. No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic. Fire Information: 541-549-3189.

The lightning-caused Lytle Fire burning in grasslands 3 miles south of Vale is under BLM protection. The Lytle Fire has burned together with the smaller Morgan and Enterprise fires, fire size is estimated at 5,357 acres and is 70 percent contained. BLM crews are assisted by the Vale, Nyssa and Ontario rural fire departments. The fire was reported Monday.

The Barry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest west of Dog Mountain in Lake County. The lightning-caused fire is burning in timber, estimated Tuesday to be 1500 acres. Public advised to avoid the Dog Lake area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest if possible, and if in the area to watch for increased fire traffic.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

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 commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.


NW Oregon increases fire safety precautions


Continued warm, dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to increase fire safety restrictions in the Northwest Oregon Fire Protection District, and to caution recreationists to be careful with fire on and around state, private, and BLM forestlands.

ODF’s Northwest Oregon Fire Protection District – which includes Clatsop County, Columbia County, Tillamook County, western Washington County and the northwest portion of Yamhill County bordered by Hwy 47 and Hwy 18 – implemented Regulated Use Closure safety requirements on Wednesday August 8 at 1:00 a.m.

Effective August 8, in areas of these counties under ODF fire protection:

1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles driving on improved roads.

2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

3. Chainsaw use is prohibited.

4. Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads. Under current conditions, this restriction is waived for designated OHV trails in the Jordan Creek Basin, Rogers Basin, Trask Basin, Diamond Mill OHV Area, Nicolai Mountain OHV area, and in the BLM Nestucca Motorcycle Trail Area.

5. Possession of basic firefighting equipment – one shovel and one gallon of water or a 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher -- is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways.

6. Use of fireworks is prohibited.

7. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

8. Use of exploding targets is prohibited

The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements. For additional information about fire conditions in NW Oregon, you can contact a local ODF office near you—

Forest Grove 503-357-2191

Astoria 503-325-7215

Tillamook 503-842-2545

Columbia City 503-397-2636

Current fire safety restriction information for areas under ODF protection is available on the web at: www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx

At this time of year, fire conditions and public use regulations are subject to change on short notice. To obtain the most current information prior to going into the woods, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. A list of the offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/odf

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Klamath Basin update - Tuesday afternoon

Source: South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership


Lakeview -- Today, interagency fire crews are suppressing two holdover lightning fires in Lake County and four fires of unknown origins in Klamath County on lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forests and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

“The hot, dry temperatures and gusty winds are allowing lightning fires from Sunday’s storm to quickly grow,” said Mike Haddock, Deputy Interagency Fire Staff for the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District. “Interagency cooperation has been key to quick initial attack and keeping most of the fires reported to less than five acres.”

As of 3:30 p.m. today, 13 fires have been confirmed in Klamath County and 18 in Lake County since Sunday’s lightning storm. The four fires that were recently reported on private lands in the Klamath River Canyon and Ridgewater area near Klamath Falls, Ore., are under investigation. The largest lighting caused fire so far is the Barry Point Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, which is estimated to be approximately 150 acres.

Fire danger throughout south central Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be sure of what public use restrictions are in place for the areas they plan to recreate on. For updated information, please call the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire information hotline at 541-947-6223.

For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo

###

Morning Update - August 7, 2012


The Incident 392 Fire near Sisters was the single large fire on ODF-protected lands reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Work continues today throughout central and south-central Oregon detecting ‘holdover’ fires that may have been ignited during Sunday’s extensive thunder/lightning storms.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON--

The Cougar Fire was reported Sunday burning in brush 50 miles south of Jordan Valley in eastern Malheur County. The fire, on BLM ownership and believed to be a lightning-caused ignition, is 100 percent contained Tuesday morning and estimated at 467 acres.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 85 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23.

The Lytle Fire is 3 miles south of Vale burning grasslands under BLM protection. Fire size is estimated at 4,000 acres and is 50 percent contained. Lightning ignited the fire, which was reported Monday. BLM crews are assisted by the Vale, Nyssa and Ontario rural fire departments.

The Berry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest west of Dog Mountain in Lake County. The lightning-caused fire is burning in timber, estimated Tuesday to be 150 acres. No estimate on containment.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/ or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

392 Fire now part of Geneva 12 Incident

ODF provided extensive initial attack resources on the Geneva 12 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook. The ODF Sisters Unit deployed six engines to the fire, with 4 fire crews, a bulldozer, a water tender and air support from two helicopters. The fire, briefly known as Incident 392, was reported just after 12:00 Noon Monday burning 15 miles northeast of Sisters. The fire was mapped Monday night at 1,341 acres and is 30 percent contained. The multi-agency response is being dispatched by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center with incident management provided by the U.S. Forest Service.


Approximately 100 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.; however, the evacuation order was lifted around 10 p.m. when fire behavior calmed down. No structures were damaged or lost within the 3 Rivers subdivision; however, a pickup and a utility trailer were lost within the fire perimeter near Geneva Road. No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

Geneva 12 Wildfire update - 8:30 Tuesday morning


Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Central Oregon – Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures last night to make good progress on the Geneva 12 fire burning about 15 miles northeast of Sisters near Lake Billy Chinook. The fire was mapped late last night and the updated acreage is 1,341 acres. Containment is 30 percent this morning and full containment is still expected by 8/13/12.

Fire crews will focus on holding the perimeter through the heat of the day and building and improving containment lines. Primary concerns include hot and dry temperatures and the potential for wind in the afternoon that could cause increased fire behavior and spotting.

The fire started yesterday and grew quickly, threatening homes in the 3 Rivers subdivision. Approximately 100 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.; however, the evacuation order was lifted around 10 p.m. when fire behavior calmed down. No structures were damaged or lost within the 3 Rivers subdivision; however, a pickup and a utility trailer were lost within the fire perimeter near Geneva road.

No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic.

An incident management team will take control of the fire today. The Lake Chinook Fire Department will continue to manage structural protection.

There are more than 125 firefighters working the fire this morning with additional resources arriving today. Total fire personnel is expected to exceed 200 by this afternoon. Currently there are three dozers, 4 20-person handcrews, 7 wildland engines, 15 structural engines from neighboring departments such as the city of Bend, Redmond Fire, Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire, and La Pine Fire, and one water tender. The fire will continue using the Type I (heavy) helicopter and the Type III (light) helicopter to put water on hot spots. Airtankers remain available to use as needed.

Additional firefighters around Central Oregon will remain available to respond to any new fires today. Lightning “holdover” fires can smolder in heavy duff or in the root systems at the bases of trees for several days before the ground and vegetation dries out enough for the fire to begin spreading. Local fire officials will have firefighters placed around Central Oregon to respond to any new starts reported by fire lookouts or reconnaissance aircraft.

###

Monday, August 6, 2012

Several western Oregon counties see increased fire restrictions



Recognizing the increasing fire danger in Oregon forests, several counties with private and state forestlands under ODF fire protection have, or within the next couple days will, increase public use restrictions through the Regulated Use Closure process.

Clackamas, Marion, Linn, eastern Lane and Douglas Counties all entered Regulated Use Closure fire safety restrictions on Saturday due to increase fire danger; The ODF Western Lane District will begin similar restrictions on Wednesday morning, August 8.

The ODF West Oregon District, providing fire protection in rural Polk, Lincoln and Benton Counties begins Regulated Use Closure on Wednesday also; the NW Oregon fire protection district – which covers much of the NW region of the state including the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests – begins Regulated Use on August 8 as well.

Regulated Use Closure safety restrictions vary from district to district, but precautions generally include restrictions on smoking outside of enclosed vehicles, prohibition of open fires and setting limits on when power driven equipment – including chainsaws – may be used in forested areas.

Complete information about Regulated Use Closure restrictions is available on the ODF web site:
www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

392 Fire burning south of Lake Billy Chinook


ODF Sisters Unit fire suppression resources are responding Monday afternoon to a fire burning in juniper, grassland and brush about 15 miles NE of Sisters. The Incident 392 Fire is an interagency response coordinated by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire was reported about 12:20 Monday afternoon, and early estimates place the size of the fire at 25 acres. The fire is believed to be lightning-caused.


Six ODF engines are assigned to the fire, with 4 fire crews, a bulldozer, one water tender and air support from two helicopters. Resources from the U.S. Forest Service are assisting with fire response at the Incident 392 Fire.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

2pm Update - Red Flag Warnings


The National Weather Service in Pendleton Monday afternoon modified the Red Flag Warning in effect, cancelling the alert for many mid-Columbia and north-central Oregon counties as the imminent threat of thunderstorms has passed for that region.


Red Flag Warning continues for Wallowa County until 11pm PDT Monday due to predicted thunderstorm activity.

The Red Flag Warning issued by NWS Medford for Klamath and Lake Counties today from 2pm until 8pm due to continued thunderstorm activity remains in effect.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Central Oregon sees numerous lightning strikes Sunday

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

With approximately 3300 lightning strikes from the storm that passed over the Central Oregon area last night, firefighters from multiple jurisdictions are working on several small fires. They will continue to look for any new starts over the next several days.


There have been 17 new fires reported since last night’s lightning storm passed through the area. More fires are expected to be reported throughout the day. Fires are being staffed by Central Oregon interagency fire crews as they are reported. Engines, handcrews, smokejumpers, and helicopters all working various fires. The fires have all been reported at 1/10 of an acre or less.

###

Morning Update - August 6, 2012


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.


Several fires in south-central Oregon were ignited due to lightning strikes that resulted from thunderstorms moving through the region Sunday. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership reported 5 fires in Klamath County and 16 fires in Lake County attributed to lightning as of 8:30 Sunday night. All fires were held to under 2 acres. ODF resources responded to 2 fires in Klamath County and 1 in Lake County included in that total.

Seventeen lightning strikes were recorded in southeast Josephine County Sunday, roughly from the California border to Manzanita Mountain. No fires were reported, however ODF will monitor the area Monday for potential activity.

Red Flag Warnings continue in effect for Klamath and Lake Counties today from 2pm until 8pm for continued thunderstorm activity, and for Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties until 11pm Monday for thunderstorms with significant lightning activity and potential fire ignitions.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The Cougar Fire was reported Sunday burning in brush several miles SE of Burns Junction in Malheur County. Fire is on BLM ownership, reported at 500 acres Monday morning and is believed to have been a lightning-caused ignition.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 85 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23. Fire information is available via Inciweb or from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at (541) 947-6223.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Red Flag Warning for central, southern and eastern Oregon in effect



The National Weather Service offices in Medford, Pendleton and Boise issued Red Flag Warnings Saturday afternoon, warning of high fire potential over a combined area covering all Oregon counties east of the Cascade Mountains and most of SW Oregon.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect:


In Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake Counties – Red Flag Conditions in effect from 5:00am Sunday until 11:00pm Sunday PDT


In Malheur & Harney County – 3:00pm Mountain time Sunday until 6:00am Monday MDT


For all other central and eastern Oregon counties – 11:00am PDT Sunday until 11:00pm Monday

Thunderstorms are predicted in the region that will produce abundant dry lightning at first, with thunderstorms increasing in moisture levels later during the storm event. Additional storms may develop in the region again Monday.

Gusts of 20-40 mph are possible in central/eastern Oregon, and dry forest fuel levels may result in numerous lightning-started wildfires. A combination of low humidity, strong wind and warm temperatures create high potential for fire starts.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fire weather watch for most of eastern, SW Oregon



The National Weather Service offices in Medford and Pendleton on Friday afternoon issued Fire Weather Watches covering a combined area of all Oregon counties east of the Cascade Mountains, and the SW Oregon counties of Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.

 
A Fire Weather Watch is an alert level below a Red Flag Warning, designed to alert the public and fire safety agencies that conditions may be developing within the next few days that have increased potential for wildland fire ignition and spread.
 
Forecasts call for extreme high temperatures on Saturday, with thunderstorm activity predicted for Saturday night through Monday.
 
Forecasters are not sure where fire potential will be highest, and what times or locations thunderstorm activity may be most concentrated. But forecasters with the Medford NWS office expressed it this way:
 
IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY EXACTLY WHERE STORMS WILL BE CONCENTRATED...BUT STORMS MAY INCREASE IN COVERAGE OVER ANY AREAS WITHIN THE WATCH. THE MOST LIKELY LOCATIONS TO SEE SIGNIFICANT LIGHTNING ARE OVER THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY AND THE OREGON MOUNTAINS AND EAST SIDE SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
Key messages for public members:
 
Please be careful with fire and reduce the potential for human-caused fires, both in the forest and wildland-urban interface areas of Oregon.
 
Need to mow the yard this weekend?
 
The early morning, when there’s still a little dew left on the grass, is the best time of day to use gas-powered equipment.
 
Remove any rocks that might be hit with the mower blade.
 
Wait until the equipment has cooled before adding fuel.
 
Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water close by, just in case.
 
Around the home
  • Dispose of smoking materials in an ashtray, not the roadway.
  • Supervise your backyard barbecues and fire pits, and have a hose nearby in case of fire.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children and instruct them that these are tools for adults only.
 
Additional tips for preventing forest fires and fires in wildland-urban interface areas are available on the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org
 
Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office
 

Morninng update - August 3, 2012


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.


The National Weather Service in Medford on Friday issued a Fire Weather Watch for Saturday night and Sunday night alerting authorities to a high potential for thunderstorms in Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties. Extreme high temperatures are also predicted in many areas of Oregon for Saturday. Please be safe around potential fire sources during periods of hot weather.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 70 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23. Fire information is available via Inciweb or from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at (541) 947-6223.
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/ , or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hot weekend ahead



Extreme high temperatures predicted for Saturday in Oregon, along with the potential of thunderstorms Saturday night and Sunday, are creating conditions that are rough on people & animals, and optimal for wildland fire ignition and spread.

National Weather Service offices in Portland and Medford are cautioning residents on the western half of the state to expect hot temperatures Saturday, with ranges of 85-95 F for the northern portion of the state, 90-100 F in Douglas County and south, with temperatures potentially reaching 100-105 F around Medford and greater Jackson County. An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect Saturday for several areas.

The National Weather Service in Medford has additionally issued a Fire Weather Watch for Saturday night through Sunday evening, raising concerns that thunderstorms following the extreme temperatures may increase the likelihood of fire ignitions from lightning.

Please be careful with fire and reduce the potential for human-caused fires, both in the forest and wildland-urban interface areas of Oregon.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

Morning update - August 2, 2012


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.


On federal land jurisdiction -- The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,300 acres and 50 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23. Fire information is available via Inciweb or from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at (541) 947-6223.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/ , or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38 .

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.



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.





Followers

About Me

My photo
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.