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.































Thursday, August 15, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 15, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

GC [Grant County] Complex
The GC Complex stands at 12,161 acres and is now 100 percent contained and transferred back to the district.

Edington Gulch
The Edington Gulch Fire in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District burned 14 acres of grass, sage and juniper. This fire has been transferred back to the district.

Douglas Complex
The lightning-caused Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,698 acres to date and is now 55 percent contained. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF Incident Management Team #2 (IC: Dennis Sifford) is managing the fire.

Big Windy Complex
The Big Windy Complex, eight miles northwest of Galice is now 15,700 acres, a change of 253 acres in the past 24 hours. Containment remains at 15 percent. The wild section of the Rogue River is now open with restrictions. For questions about river operations, please contact the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The Vinegar Fire, that was discovered Wednesday morning (August 14), has grown to 150 acres. The fire is located in a remote area in the southern portion of the Umatilla National Forest. The fire is currently within 1 ½ miles of private land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Green Ridge Fire near Camp Sherman is now fully contained.

The Labrador Fire on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest is holding at 2,023 acres and zero percent contained.

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 11,471 acres and 55 percent contained.

The Lava Fire, 12 miles northwest of Diamond in Harney County, is 6,898 acres and 55 percent contained. Lightning caused on 8/12/13.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on other ongoing wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ODF maintains a blog, at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics. The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog, at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2013, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires: 229 fires burned 75,873 acres
Human-caused fires: 482 fires burned 2,563 acres
Total: 711 fires burned 78,436 acres

10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 192 fires burned 8,167 acres
Human-caused fires: 420 fires burned 1,977 acres
Total: 612 fires burned 10,144 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
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.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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. Because 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 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.