Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire - ODF PM Fire Update, Sunday, July 13, 2014

The next update will be available tomorrow morning.

Following today's earlier update, the Moccasin Hill Fire started around 2 p.m. this afternoon. A snippet of the following news release was issued by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership before management of the fire transitioned to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 2.


Lakeview, Ore. – The Moccasin Hill Fire has grown to over 600 acres destroying unidentified number of residences and other structures in the Moccasin Hill subdivision North of Sprague River, Oregon. Klamath County Sheriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and N. Arrowhead Lane. Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Sprague River Community Center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Fire is burning on private land in heavy timber and brush and currently under investigation. To report a fire, call 911 or contact the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315. Information on current public use restrictions may be obtained by calling 541-947-6259 or visiting LIFC’s Web site at:

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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.

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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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