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.


































Monday, July 22, 2013

Fire danger climbs to extreme in Wild & Scenic reach of Rogue River

The Southwest Oregon District announced today that the public-use fire danger level on ODF-protected lands in the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River will move up to "extreme" on July 24. No open fires of any kind will be allowed.

ODF protects the Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial. The remainder of the section is protected by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The following regulations will go into effect Wednesday morning:

  • Smoking prohibited except in boats on the water, and on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the river’s high-water mark.
  • Open fires prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the high-water mark
  • Travelers must carry a shovel and bucket (one-gallon size).
  • Fireworks prohibited.
For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site, 541-479-3735.

For more information about ODF fire season regulations in the Southwest Oregon District, contact the unit office in your area:

  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: 541-664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: 541-474-3152
Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted at: www.swofire.com.

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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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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.



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