Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sparrow Park Fire near Reedsport contained at 42 acres

The 42-acre Sparrow Park Fire reported Sunday burning five miles north of Reedsport in the Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) jurisdiction of the Southern Oregon Area was contained by the morning of July 1. CFPA fielded two 10-person inmate hand crews from the Shutter Creek Correctional Facility, two CFPA six-person crews, along with fire engines, water tenders and an observation airplane in the suppression effort. The landowner and operator also assisted. Today, 75 to 80 personnel including three 20-person hand crews are proceeding with mop-up, which is expected to take several days, due to the heavy fuels. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Out-of-state deployments
Sixty-eight ODF and fire association personnel are currently fighting fires in other states. These include:

  • 62 in Alaska (includes ODF’s Incident Management Team 1)
  • 3 in Colorado
  • 1 in Arizona
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.

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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.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.