Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Friday, June 28, 2013

ODF Weekly Fire Summary for week ending June 28, 2013

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) weekly fire summary update for the week ending Friday, June 28, 2013.

No new fires 10 acres or larger have been reported during the past week on lands protected by ODF.

Fifty-five ODF personnel are currently fighting fires in other states. These include:
35 in Alaska
13 in New Mexico
6 in Colorado
1 in Arizona

Also, ODF Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander: Tom Savage) has recently been dispatched to manage a complex of fires in the area of Tok, Alaska. Those personnel are expected to arrive in Alaska and assume command of that complex as soon as possible. Seven members of this team were already separately dispatched to assist elsewhere in Alaska and will be re-assigned to join their team on the Tok complex; this team dispatch represents an additional 26 ODF fire management team personnel.

ODF and its sister agencies in the other western states routinely share firefighting resources as needed. The arrangement is reciprocal: If ODF needs outside help on fires in Oregon, its partner agencies will provide personnel and equipment when possible. While employees are assigned to fires in other states, they are paid by the jurisdictional agency on the fires. ODF considers out-of-state deployments a valuable opportunity for its firefighters to maintain and develop their skills required for national certification.
  Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403  

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.

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.