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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 3, 2013

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:

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:

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:

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

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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.