Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wildfire activity calms after early start

Warm, dry weather in late April and early May spawned a number of wildfires across Oregon, causing fire managers to wonder if the season was off to an early start. But rain and cooler temperatures followed, calming fire activity for now. Long-term predictions point to an above-average season in 2013.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Andrews Creek Fire fully contained May 12

The 60-acre Andrews Creek Fire burning in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction of southwestern Oregon was fully contained on Sunday, May 12. Cause is under investigation.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Andrews Creek Fire in SW Oregon now in mop-up

The 60-acre Andrews Creek Fire in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction of southwestern Oregon was trailed and in mop-up by Saturday afternoon, May 11. Cause is under investigation.

Andrews Creek Fire burns in SW Oregon

The 60-acre Andrews Creek Fire is burning on Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction in southwestern Oregon. The fire is uncontained. Cause is under investigation. (05-11-13)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Fire Update - May 10, 2013


FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

The 21-acre Buck Pasture Fire reported Thursday 14 miles west of Dayville in the Central Oregon District - John Day Unit is in mop-up. The fire is burning in logging slash, timber, grass and sagebrush. Cause is under investigation.

The 206-acre Shively Creek Fire reported Sunday in Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) jurisdiction is fully lined and in mop-up. On Thursday firefighters began infrared monitoring to detect hotspots. Roseburg Resources and the Bureau of Land Management are assisting DFPA with the suppression effort. Cause is under investigation.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - May 7, 2013


FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
The 206-acre Shively Creek Fire in Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) jurisdiction is fully lined and in mop-up. Firefighters are working today to secure additional lines. Resources fighting the fire include one helicopter, eight fire engines, nine hand crews, two bulldozers and three water tenders. Assisting with the suppression effort are Roseburg Resources and the Bureau of Land Management. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No fires were reported on lands in other jurisdictions in Oregon.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Firefighters getting handle on recent fires

Oregon Dept. of Forestry firefighters responded to several fires last week and through the weekend that burned larger than is typical for this time of year:

The 180-acre Shively Creek Fire in Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) jurisdiction is burning in logging slash and old growth timber. Reported Sunday, the fire received some rain that evening that slowed spread. Resources fighting the fire include two helicopters, eight fire engines, nine hand crews, two bulldozers and three water tenders. Today firefighters will continue to build fire trail and strengthen existing fire lines. Cause is under investigation.
UPDATE: 4 p.m., May 5 - The Shively Creek Fire is currently 206 acres and 90 percent lined. Firefighters are making good progress.

The 10-acre Tokatee Fire in the South Cascade District is burning in logging slash, timber and grass. It was reported Saturday. ODF has three fire engines and one water tender at the fire. Cause is under investigation.

The 14-acre Raisor Road Fire in the South Cascade District is burning in timber and logging slash. The fire was reported Sunday and is in extended attack. Number of resources fighting the fire is unavailable at this time. Cause is under investigation.

The 19-acre Jasper Lowell Fire in the South Cascade District burned in grass, brush and timber. Reported Sunday, it was contained by late afternoon and is currently in mop-up. ODF resources fighting the fire include three fire engines, two hand crews, one bulldozer and two water tenders. Cause is under investigation.

The 168-acre Burgess Road Fire in the Central Oregon District is burning in timber, brush and grass. Reported Sunday, firefighters expected to achieve containment that evening. ODF resources fighting the fire include five fire engines, three hand crews, one bulldozer and one water tender. Cause is under investigation. UPDATE: 2:30 p.m., May 5 - The Burgess Road Fire was declared fully contained this afternoon.

The 22-acre Gooseneck Road Fire in the West Oregon District reported Saturday burning in logging slash. Six fire engines, one helicopter, two hand crews, one bulldozer and one water tender. Cause is under investigation.

The 15-acre Milepost 160 Fire in Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) jurisdiction burned in logging slash near Interstate 5. It was contained and in mop-up on Saturday. DFP resources fighting the fire included two fire engines and one bulldozer. The fire was from a prescribed burn ignited April 29 that spread off of the burn unit.

Dry forest conditions and warm temperatures enabled new fire starts to spread rapidly.



Sunday, May 5, 2013

Firefighters scramble to attack early season wildfires

Several wildfires larger than average for early May are keeping Oregon Dept. of Forestry firefighters busy.

The 100-acre Burgess Road Fire in the Central Oregon District reported May 4 is burning in grass and timber. Twenty-five structures in a rural subdivision were initially threatened. The fire is 75 percent lined with mop-up continuing Sunday. Cause is under investigation.

The 22-acre Gooseneck Road Fire in the West Oregon District reported May 4 is burning in logging slash on steep terrain. Cause is under investigation.

The 20-acre Jasper Lowell Fire in the South Cascade District reported May 4 is burning in grass, brush and timber. The fire is uncontrolled and extended attack is expected. Cause is under investigation.

The 15-acre Milepost 160 Fire in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction reported May 4 is burning in logging slash. It is currently in mop-up. Cause is under investigation.

The 20-acre Rasor Road Fire in the South Cascade District reported May 5 is expected to require extended attack. Cause is under investigation.

The 10-acre Tokatee Fire in the South Cascade District reported May 5 is expected to require extended attack. Cause is under investigation.

Comments and questions

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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.



What we do

Protection jurisdiction

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



Fire suppression policy

The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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