Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Oregon Dept of Forestry fire update for July 9, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

The 154-acre Stratton Creek Fire burning 11 miles northwest of Grants Pass was 100 percent contained by July 9. Five 20-person crews, two water tenders, one bulldozer and six type-6 engines will remain on the fire through the week to fall hazardous trees, improve lines where needed, continue mop-up and begin rehabilitation where needed. The fire was human-caused and is under investigation.

The 160-acre Bland Mountain Fire burning in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction of the Southern Oregon Area is 100 percent contained and in mop-up with 4 crews and 1 engine still on scene. Cause is under investigation.

ODF personnel are currently fighting fires in Alaska and 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.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2013, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires: 51 fires burned 19 acres
Human-caused fires: 268 fires burned 987 acres
Total: 319 fires burned 1006 acres

10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 55 fires burned 510 acres
Human-caused fires: 213 fires burned 535 acres
Total: 268 fires burned 1,045 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

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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.