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. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Azalea earns nat'l recognition for wildfire preparedness

Because of its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, the Barton Road Community near Azalea has earned Firewise Communities/USA® recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.

The Barton Road Firewise Community worked with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to conduct a wildfire hazard assessment, specific to their community. These findings were used to develop an action plan to address wildfire safety concerns found within the Barton Road area. Residents and fire officials then worked together to implement the action plan.

“It is important that communities take an active role in addressing wildfire concerns in their neighborhood," says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. "Creating defensible space before a fire begins helps protect homes and provides a level of safety for firefighters in the event of a wildfire.”

Barton Road is the fifth community in Douglas County to earn Firewise Community recognition, and joins 51 other Firewise Communities throughout Oregon. Nationally, more than 1,000 communities have been recognized since the program’s inception in 2002.

Douglas County communities interested in earning Firewise recognition should contact Kyle Reed with the Douglas Forest Protective Association for more information, 541-672-6507 ext. 136.

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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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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.