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. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































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.

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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Protection jurisdiction

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



Fire suppression policy

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





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