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.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Douglas Complex update - Sept. 13, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Reed, Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 X136 office, 541-580-2789 cell,

Douglas Complex Update

The warm, windy conditions over much of southern Oregon this week haven’t stopped firefighters from making good progress on the Douglas Complex. Some 150 fire personnel remain assigned to the incident, continuing post-fire suppression activities. The main objectives continue to be mopping up hot spots, working on rehabilitation projects, and patrolling the fire lines. Firefighters have also stopped several small flare-ups, well within the interior of the fire. These fies have occurred in areas that didn’t burn cleanly. While the flare-ups haven’t posed a threat to containment lines, fire officials are trying to minimize the loss of resources and habitat in these areas. With these interior pockets occasionally burning, in addition to other smoldering material in the interior of the fire area, some smoke from the Douglas Complex will be visible until significant rain showers return to the area.

The BLM has extended the road closure for the general public around the Douglas Complex until the end of the month. At that point, they will reassess the situation with the road closures. The road closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public while work continues in the fire area. In addition to the potential for rolling rocks and falling trees in the burned area, many roads that fire trucks, water tenders, heavy equipment, and fire crews are working on are narrow, winding, and have blind corners. The public is asked to honor these road closures and stay out of the fire area. More information about the road closure can be found online at: or by calling the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management at 541-440-4930, or the Medford BLM at 541-471-6500.

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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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