Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Friday, August 23, 2013

Four new fires in Douglas County make for a busy Friday

The Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) has had a busy Friday, suppressing four fires across the county.

This morning, DFPA located a lightning fire in the Cavitt Creek area, east of Glide. DFPA located a second lightning fire this afternoon from yesterday’s storm in the Thunder Mountain area, also east of Glide. Both fires were stopped at less than an acre in size. Firefighters remain on scene of the fires, improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots. DFPA continues to monitor the area where 16 lightning strikes hit on DFPA protected land from yesterday’s storm with ground resources, aviation resources, and their camera detection systems.

Around 12:30 this afternoon, DFPA and Tenmile Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire in the Tenmile area, on Horseshoe Lane. Firefighters arrived on scene of a grass fire threatening a home, a fifth-wheel trailer, and an outbuilding. The fire burned around three sides of the house, and up to the trailer and the outbuilding, but all three were saved. Investigators determined that the fire was started from an arching transformer on a power pole near the property. The fire burned about 1/2 acre.

DFPA responded to their fourth fire of the day a little after 1 p.m. Firefighters from DFPA and Azalea Rural Fire Department responded to a slash pile that had rekindled near Russel Creek, off of Upper Cow Creek Road. While the fire did not spread from the previously burned area, there was potential. The pile had reportedly been burned a considerable time ago. With two such rekindled debris pile fires in the past week, DFPA is asking residents to check any burn pile which has been burned earlier this year. If any heat or smoke is detected, immediately call DFPA or 911.

With more seasonable temperatures predicted for the area, DFPA is reminding residents that the fire danger is still extreme on the Douglas District, and that the Regulated Use Closure for the general public remains in effect. Hunters and recreationalists heading out to the woods are also reminded that many landowners have closed their land to motorized and foot traffic due to the extreme fire conditions. The Bureau of Land Management also has a closure in effect around the Douglas Complex Fires, as firefighters continue to work on the fire.

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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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