Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land ended in most of Oregon last week as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settled over much of the state.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Douglas Complex fires grow to 2,000 acres

An Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire team Saturday morning assumed command of the suppression effort on the 2,000-acre Douglas Complex fires in Douglas County. ODF’s Incident Management Team 2 took over the fire suppression effort from the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) at 8 a.m. on July 26. The incident command post is located at the Glendale High School in the community of Glendale.

Thunderstorms Friday morning ignited 54 fires on DFPA’s protection jurisdiction. A majority of the fires in the Complex are located in the Cow Creek Canyon west of Glendale. A handful of fires in the Milo area are included in the Complex. The total number of fires is expected to decrease, as several fires in close proximity to each other have burned together.

Central and southcentral Oregon experienced thunderstorms Friday evening. Today ODF and its partner agencies are locating and suppressing new fire starts from this latest lightning event.

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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.