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.
































Friday, June 14, 2013

Week ending June 14, 2013


FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported this week on ODF-protected lands.

ODF sent Gordon Foster Sr. to the Crowley Incident where he is serving as a Liaison Officer.

ODF also sent Rory Collins, DFPA, to the Iron Springs Fire in AZ to serve as Air Tactical Group Supervisor June 11th.

ODF sent a strike team of fire engines to New Mexico June 4 to assist on wildfires burning there; they are still assisting this week.

ODF and other western states routinely share firefighting resources as needed. This is an opportune time for the department to send the strike teams, as fire activity in Oregon is currently moderate. And the arrangement is reciprocal: If ODF needs outside help on fires in Oregon, its partner agencies will provide personnel and equipment when possible.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

BLM – The lightning-caused Crowley Creek Fire located 20 miles SE of Riverside, OR., is 12,935 acres and 60 percent contained. It is adjacent to the 6,613-acre lightning-caused Stockade Fire, also 60 percent contained. Both fires are being managed by a single IMT Type 3.
BLM – The lightning-caused South Fork fire located 23 miles SE of Vale, OR, is 250 acres and 100 percent contained.
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.


January 1, 2013, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires: 45 fires burned 18 acres
Human-caused fires: 189 fires burned 847 acres

Total: 234 fires burned 865 acres


10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 17 fires burned 17 acres
Human-caused fires: 101 fires burned 282 acres

Total: 118 fires burned 299 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.





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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.






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.