Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ODF firefighters continue assistance to other western states

Sixty-seven Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) personnel are currently fighting fires in other states. These include:

  • 62 in Alaska (includes ODF’s Incident Management Team 1)
  • 5 in Colorado
The Oregon Department of Forestry and its sister agencies in the other western states routinely share firefighting resources as needed. The arrangement is reciprocal: If ODF needs outside help on fires in Oregon, its partner agencies will provide personnel and equipment when possible.

NO NEW FIRES
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by ODF in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
  • The 30,000-acre Owyhee Fire burning four miles west of Adrian on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands is uncontained. Cause: lightning.
  • The 2,800-acre Curry Canyon Fire burning five miles northwest of Juntura on BLM lands is fully contained. Cause: lightning.
  • The 12,000-acre Crooked Creek Complex Fire burning nine miles southwest of Rome on BLM lands is 25 percent contained. Cause: lightning.
  • The 550-acre Shumway Fire burning 12 miles southeast of Juntura on BLM lands is uncontained. Cause: lightning.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.



What we do

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.