Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 28, 2013

No new fires 10 acres or larger have been reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.


Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex 75 percent contained. There are currently 627personnel assigned to this incident.
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,137 acres and 45 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.


The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained. This fire was turned over to a local fire management team on Sunday, August 25th, who are continuing to manage this inicdent. Unless the situation changes, there will be no further updates on this fire.
Information: 541-839-3099

The 3,314 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) is burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper and is now 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 80 percent contained.
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For information on other ongoing wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, and to the national Incident Information System website at

Statewide air quality index readings are available at

ODF maintains a blog at, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.


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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 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.

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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