All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Owens Fire update - 11 a.m., June 18


The 50-acre Owens Fire was reported early this morning burning 12 miles south of the community of Hood River on forestlands owned by Hood River County. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is leading the suppression operation with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, reported at 3:45 a.m., appears to have ignited within an active timber harvest operation.

A bulldozer line has been completed along the top of the fire (east flank). Fire behavior is currently moderate, with backing and flanking observed. ODF estimates the final fire size when it is fully contained will be approximately 200 acres.

Resources fighting the fire include: one helicopter, 6 hand crews, 3 bulldozers, 5 fire engines, and several fire management (overhead) personnel.

High winds from 20-30 mph are expected today and this evening, which could pose a challenge for firefighters.

A type 3 (local) fire team is being assembled to manage the fire.

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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, 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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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