Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Box Springs Fire 50 percent contained, no growth

The 500-acres Box Springs Fire burning 25 miles northeast of Prineville in the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District was stable Wednesday morning with no growth. The lightning-caused fire is fully lined and 50 percent contained. No smoke is visible in the area today.

The Department still has many firefighters continuing mop-up and asks the public to be cautious driving on forest roads due to firefighting traffic. Traffic is heaviest on Forest Service Road No. 27, with some traffic on McKay Road, also (pronounced 'muk-eye'). Firefighting vehicles will continue traveling back and forth to the fire for the next 2-3 days.

Lightning storms forecast for Tuesday evening didn't materialize, enabling firefighters to focus on the existing fire.

Most of the resources fighting the fire are ODF and private contract, along with some local USDA Forest Service resources.

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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.



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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.