Current situation

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

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



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.









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.



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Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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.

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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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