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 15, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 15, 2013


The Black Snag Spring Fire was reported Saturday night burning in grass, brush and timber 11 miles southwest of Spray, OR, approximately 10 acres in size. The fire is 100 percent lined, two crews and an engine are still on the fire.

The Box Springs Fire was reported Sunday approximately 25 miles northeast of Prineville. The fire is approximately 120-acres, is burning in timber and brush, and is approximately 75 percent lined with some spots outside the line. The Central Oregon District is putting together a local Type 3 organization for this fire and has requested some misc. overhead and 4 engines from Salem Coordination Center.

The onset of drier and warmer weather has prompted some counties and districts to raise industrial fire precaution levels -- please be careful and help prevent wildland fires.

The Sugar Creek Fire was reported Sunday night burning southeast of Prineville approximately 12 miles from Paulina near the Forest Service’s Sugar Creek Campground. The fire was wind-driven, burning in juniper and sage with single tree torching. Post Paulina RFPA and Miller Ranch responded and the fire is in mop up.

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: 52 fires burned 29 acres
Human-caused fires: 298 fires burned 1,160 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 1,189 acres

10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 4,370 acres
Human-caused fires: 245 fires burned 689 acres
Total: 318 fires burned 5,059 acres

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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.