Current situation

Summer arrives this week, with maximum daylight hours. Having longer hours of sunshine allows more time for fuels to dry out with less overnight recovery of humidity.

ODF's Western Lane and South Cascade districts have announced both will enter fire season on Thursday, June 21. The districts protect lands in Lane and Linn counties and a portion of northwest Douglas County. Six other ODF districts and forest protective associations are already in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Brimstone Fire update - Aug. 3, 2013 morning


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Brimstone Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
For August 3, 2013

Daily Update Fire At A Glance

Merlin-The Brimstone Fire is now 40 percent contained after fire crews made considerable progress over the last 24 hours.

The fire is estimated at just under 2,300 acres, a growth of about 100 acres primarily from back burning operations to reduce forest fuels near established containment lines.

While mop up activities continue throughout much of the fire, crews and aviation resources have been concentrating on the northwest corner of the fire, which has proved to be the most challenging area of the fire.

Weather forecasts are calling for 90 degree temperatures and humidity near 20 percent today, which is expected to increase fire behavior.

Approximately 700 wildland fire fighting personnel are now assigned to the fire under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators include the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County Emergency Services, Josephine County Forestry, Josephine County Sheriff's Department, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, City of Grants Pass, and the National Weather Service.

Size: 2,298 acres

Location: 6 miles NW of Merlin

Containment: 40%

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 706

Estimated Cost: $5.94 million

Closures/Restrictions: Hog Creek Road is closed at Merlin-Galice Road; Quartz Creek Road is closed at Hugo Road. Evacuation information is available through the EOC.

For More Information: Brimstone Fire Information, 541-479-3842; Josephine County Emergency Operations (EOC), 541-474-5305;;
Contact Info:
Brimstone Fire Information, 541-479-3842

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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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