Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Daily Fire Update for July 19, 2013

This is the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 19, 2013.

Brookside Boulevard Fire
A fire that started Thursday afternoon in a community north of Grants Pass burned 31 acres and one structure. The Brookside Boulevard Fire in Merlin required more than 60 firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry and rural fire departments from Josephine and Jackson County. Firefighters were assisted by three helicopters, one air tanker, two bull dozers and 27 engines. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Box Springs Fire
Expected containment for the Box Springs Fire is slated for this evening. The fire has burned 470 acres 25 miles northeast of Prineville. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 (Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander) is expected to turn the fire over to ODF’s Central Oregon District Saturday morning.

None reported in the last 24 hours.

Expect high pressure to continue over the region through Tuesday with generally sunny and dry weather. Temperatures are expected to range a bit above average inland from the coast and fire danger will continue to climb through midweek. The potential for a renewed round of thunderstorms next week will boost the risk of large fires considerably over Oregon.

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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 mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% 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.