Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx






Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stagecoach Road Fire lined at 300 acres

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
The 300-acre Stagecoach Road Fire was reported mid-afternoon Monday burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Walker Range Forest Protective Association lands (WRPA) on the east side of Highway 97 about eight miles north of Gilchrist. Five air tankers (two ODF and three federal) dropped 20 loads of fire retardant on the fire. Two subdivisions were evacuated last evening and one structure, a cabin, was destroyed. The evacuation order was later lifted. The fire is now fully lined. It also burned about 20 acres of private lands in WRPA jurisdiction. The U.S. Forest Service’s Crescent Ranger District is the lead agency managing the fire.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
The 22,320-acre Sunnyside Turnoff Fire burning on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation at Eagle Butte Lookout is 20 percent contained. More information is available at: http://nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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. 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.