Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx













Monday, July 8, 2013

Stratton Creek Fire contained July 7

The 154-acre STRATTON CREEK FIRE burning 14 miles northwest of Grants Pass in the Southwest Oregon District was fully contained by the evening of July 7. At the peak of the suppression effort, resources on the fire included bulldozers, hand crews, and two heavy airtankers. The fire started in the Stratton Creek Ridge area between Stratton Creek Road and Hog Creek Road in heavy timber and steep terrain on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and eventually burned into public lands managed by Josephine County Forestry. Five 20-person hand crews, two water tenders, one bulldozer and six fire engines will remain on the fire through the week to fell hazardous trees, improve lines, continue mop-up and begin rehabilitation where needed. Cause is under investigation. The 125-acre BLAND MOUNTAIN FIRE burning in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction of the Southern Oregon Area was lined and in mop-up by July 7. Cause is under investigation. Both fires were reported July 4.

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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.

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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. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.

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