Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fires prompt governor to declare State of Emergency


July 16, 2014
Governor Kitzhaber Declares State of Emergency to Address Statewide Wildfire Activity
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber verbally declared a state of emergency in response to wildfire activity across the state. The emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist the Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and others with firefighting.

"Oregon is facing a severe fire season. Conditions are dry and new fires are starting daily," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This declaration gives the resources and tools we need to respond and protect people, property, and Oregon's natural areas. This crisis is a reminder that each of us has a responsibility to our state to prevent new wildfires."

In accordance with ORS 401.165, Governor Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fires and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Oregon National Guard is now authorized to deploy firefighting assets as needed throughout the fire season based on threat and resource shortfalls. 

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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. 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.