Cooler temperatures and higher humidity with light rainfall this past weekend in many areas of the state have helped firefighting efforts. Lightning is less of a concern this week but humans causing new fires remains a top concern. Gov. Kate Brown announced over the weekend that she is authorizing Oregon National Guard personnel to help fire suppression efforts near Crater Lake National Park.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 4, 2013

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands during the past 24 hours.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association declared the 48,679-acre Douglas Complex fully contained at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. The incident management team, led by DFPA, will remain in place to continue mop-up operations, work on rehabilitation projects and patrol the fire lines. Despite the incident being contained, smoke from the interior of the fire will be visible until fall rains set in. The public is reminded that the Bureau of Land Management road closures around the Douglas Complex fires will remain in effect through September 10. At that time, the BLM will reassess the road closures and make adjustments as needed. The road closures are in effect to provide safety to both firefighters and the general public while work continues in the area.

The 11,434-acre Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles SW of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District is 90 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

The 24,253-acre Big Windy Complex burning on ODF-protected lands 25 miles NW of Grants Pass is 87 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The 1,350-acre 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/


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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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