2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







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.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
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.

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

FIRE WEATHER
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 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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.