Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Daily Fire Update for July 16, 2013

This is the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 16, 2013.


Box Springs Fire
The Oregon Department of Forestry mobilized Incident Management Team #3 Command and General Staff (Dan Thorpe Incident Commander) and a few key overhead positions, to the Box Springs Fire 25 miles northeast of Prineville. The lightning caused fire has burned about 500 acres with 5% containment. The fire sent smoke into the city of Prineville at about 5:00 p.m. last night. While visibility has improved today, the public is advised to heed caution when driving. A fire weather watch is in effect for much of Central Oregon for an increased threat of thunderstorms for Tuesday afternoon and overnight.

South Umpqua Road Fire
The South Umpqua Road Fire near Tiller burned about 25 acres of grass, brush and reprod. The Douglas Forest Protective Association responded to the fire yesterday afternoon and was assisted by Tiller Rural Fire Department, Umpqua National Forest and the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. About 50 firefighters are on scene today mopping up. The cause is under investigation.

Black Snag Spring Fire
The Black Snag Spring Fire in the John Day Unit within the Central Oregon District was downsized to 4 acres.

None reported at this time.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop later today in Oregon gradually moving into eastern Washington tonight and Wednesday. This event will likely result in moderate IA activity and a realistic potential for several large fires. Breezy conditions are expected for both today and Wednesday which could result in an elevated spread potential for any ignitions. Currently a “High Risk” alert for large fires is in effect for a good portion of eastern Oregon but the condition is fluid and may be updated later this morning.

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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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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.