Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Thursday, July 3, 2014

7/3/14 Fire Update from South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

Contact:
Erica Hupp 541-883-6715
Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261
Kevin Abel 541-698-0017

Fire Update - South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

Lakeview, Ore – Interagency fire crews will continue mop-up on lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the past 36 hours.

Firefighters have responded to 34 confirmed fires in the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership area (SCOFMP) since July 1, with three new fires being reported since 12 a.m. July 3.

Additional resources have been ordered into the area to respond when needed for initial attack. These resources include hands crews and engines which may be staged in local communities and throughout the SCOFMP area.

The National Weather Service has predicted a dry cold front moving in with higher winds and lower humidity than we have had in the last 48 hours.

To report a wildland fire, call the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315 or by calling 911.

For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit https://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo or http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo

For a map of recent fire activity visit https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://www.wildcadmap.net/WildCAD_ORLFC.kml

For additional fire information visit:
Lakeview Interagency Fire Center

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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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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.