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, 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

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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