Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are 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

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New fires in central Oregon Aug. 4, 2013

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

August 4, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811 Website:


New Fires in Central Oregon

Central Oregon – Firefighters are working on a blaze approximately 11½ miles south of Brothers, Oregon. The fire, on Bureau of Land Management lands, is burning in juniper, grass, and sagebrush, and is threatening power lines owned by Midstate Electric. The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation. Four engines are on scene to fight the fire, with retardant being dropped by several Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT’s). The blaze was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m.

Another fire this afternoon, located on the Deschutes National Forest near Summit Lake, reached about 1½ acres, and is being suppressed by an engine crew with the aid of a load of smokejumpers. The fire was caused by lightning.

And late this afternoon, a smoke reported on Black Crater in the Three Sisters Wilderness is being staffed by smokejumpers. No other information is available at this time.

The Green Ridge Fire, burning 14 miles NW of Sisters, Oregon, is 150 acres, and is 25% contained. Fire managers reported successful burnout operations on the fire today. Full containment is expected on Wednesday, Aug 7th.

Emergency road closures in the vicinity of the Green Ridge Fire that were put in place on Friday remain in effect. Three campgrounds remain closed for public safety along the lower portion of the Metolius River within the basin. Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, and Allen Springs campgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

A public meeting will be held on Monday evening at 6:30 pm at the Camp Sherman Fire Hall.

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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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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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