Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx













Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7, 2014 Fire Update: Two Bulls Fire, 10 miles northwest of Bend

Two separate fires called the Two Bulls Fire, totaling 300+ acres, were reported today burning in Deschutes County, approximately ten miles northwest of Bend on ODF-protected lands and a small portion of the Deschutes National Forest. Reported start time is 12:48pm. Multiple resources have been deployed, and the Saddleback subdivision in Bend has been evacuated. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Current weather conditions are 81 degrees, sunny, with twelve mile-per-hour winds and some gusts of up to twenty miles-per-hour.

FIRE ON OTHER LANDS
No additional fires were reported on other lands in Oregon.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer page, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

For this particular fire, we also urge you to follow us on Twitter @ORDeptForesty and follow the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center @CentralORFire, or contact them directly for the latest on-the-ground updates.

Tony Andersen
503-507-4481

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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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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.