Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx













Thursday, July 18, 2013

Daily Fire Update For July 18, 2013

This is the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 18, 2013.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
The Military Fire burned about 10 acres yesterday (07/17) along Hwy 97 about 45 miles north of Klamath Falls. Smoke from the fire caused a temporary closure of Hwy 97. By using pilot cars, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been able to establish two-way traffic on U.S. Highway (hwy) 97 between milepost 218 and 220. ODOT hopes to have the highway fully opened sometime around 9 p.m. today. Fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management worked in unison to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Box Springs Fire
The Box Springs Fire 25 miles northeast of Prineville has been kept in check at 470 acres and is now 75% contained. Full containment is expected by tomorrow (07/19) evening. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 (Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander) is managing the suppression effort. One challenge facing fire crews is the lack of water resources close to the fire. Water is being trucked in from long distances.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
None reported in the last 24 hours.

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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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