Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Daily Fire Update for July 17, 2013

This is the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 17, 2013.
FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Box Springs Fire
Crews are making significant progress on the Box Springs Fire 25 miles northeast of Prineville. The lightning-caused fire that started Sunday is estimated at about 500 acres and is 50% contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 (Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander) is managing the suppression effort. The fire is completely lined and mop up activities have begun. Resources on the fire include 350 personnel, 3 helicopters, 9 engines, 5 water tenders and 3 bull dozers.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
None reported at this time.

FIRE WEATHER UPDATE
Widespread lightning received last 24hrs throughout Eastern Oregon and most of Washington. Low to moderate initial attack activity reported.

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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 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. 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.