Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 3, 2013

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands over the Labor Day weekend.

The 11,434-acre, lightning-caused Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles SW of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District is 90 percent contained, with full containment predicted Sept. 4. Crews are continuing mop-up on all sides of the Blackburn Fire (the remaining active fire in the complex). Resources on the complex include: 292 total personnel, two helicopters and 15 fire engines. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

The 48,679-acre, lightning-caused Douglas Complex burning two miles north of Glendale in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction is 95 percent contained. Mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation continue around the 127-mile perimeter. Resources on the complex include: 188 total personnel, two helicopters and nine fire engines.

The 24,253-acre, lightning-caused Big Windy Complex burning on ODF-protected lands 25 miles NW of Grants Pass is 87 percent contained. The incident management team currently managing the complex will turn it over to ODF today. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The 1,350-acre, lightning-caused Vinegar Fire burning on the Umatilla National Forest 27 miles NE of John Day is 45 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/

The 534-acre, lightning-caused Middle Fork Fire burning 37 miles south of Jordan Valley on Bureau of Land Management lands is fully contained. Mop-up and rehabilitation are underway.

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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