Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Friday, June 20, 2014

Fire update - June 20, 2014

The 800-acre Bryant Fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls on the NE end of Bryant Mountain on private lands in the Klamath-Lake District. The fire is burning in an active logging operation in felled and bucked timber on steep, rugged terrain. An ODF fire team has been dispatched to manage the firefighting effort.

Resources involved in initial attack on the fire June 19 included: two heavy air tankers; two single-engine air tankers; one helicopter; and hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers and fire management (overhead) personnel. Many resources are working the fire today. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 25-acre Modoc Fire reported midday June 19 burning near Table Rock in the Southwest Oregon District is in mop-up today. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 fought the fire, which burned in grass and oak fuels. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 20-acre Owens Fire, located about 12 miles south of the community of Hood River in the Central Oregon District, was reported early Wednesday morning. The fire is currently 85 percent contained and in full mop-up. Due to the large, felled timber on the site, full containment may be a few days off, but fire behavior is minimal and spread is not expected. The U.S. Forest Service assisted ODF with equipment and personnel in the firefighting effort. The Owens Fire occurred on forestland owned by Hood River County. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

Current wildfire info

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.

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.