Firefighting costs

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has expended a net of $30.5 million for large fires as of mid-August. With more wildfire activity possible in the weeks ahead, large-fire costs could grow before season's end.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Smock Road Fire burning in The Dalles Unit

The 15-acre Smock Road Fire is burning in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District in grass, oak and pine fuels about 10 miles west of Maupin. The fire's progress has been stopped, and mop-up was underway by late afternoon. The blaze was caused by a vehicle accident on Smock Road, in which a semi-truck hauling hay caught fire and the flames spread to roadside vegetation. Resources fighting the fire include eight fire engines, one hand crew and two helicopters. Two single-engine air tankers are en route. A couple of power poles were ignited by the fire, and a utility crew is on site. Agencies involved in the suppression effort include ODF, Bureau of Land Management and local fire departments.

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Extremely dry conditions exist across most forestlands in Oregon currently. Large wildfires to date this season have been both lightning- and human-caused.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

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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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.