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

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 22, 2013

Fires on ODF-protected lands
The 500-acre Pacifica Fire reported Friday afternoon burning in Josephine County in the Southwest Oregon District was fully lined by Saturday morning. As ODF firefighters fought the fire, structural firefighters and engines were called in from across Jackson and Josephine counties, with additional help from fire departments in Lincoln, Linn, Lane and Marion counties, to protect 150 structures threatened by the flames. An Oregon State Fire Marshal’s incident management team managed the structural protection effort.

Fires on other lands
The 20,000-acre Sunnyside Turnoff Fire burning near Eagle Butte Lookout on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 20 percent contained. Eight additional hand crews have been ordered. Oregon Incident Management Team 4 will take over management of the fire at 6 p.m. this evening.

The 530-acre Cuba Fire burning 30 miles east of Joseph on the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is 75 percent contained. Full containment of the lightning-caused fire is expected by Tuesday.

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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 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.