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





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.

MOCCASIN HILL FIRE DESTROYS RESIDENCES; RED CROSS SHELTER SET UP AT SPRAGUE RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER

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: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml.


For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit: twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo or facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.
You can also follow the latest on the Moccasin Hill Fire via the incident website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/

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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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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.



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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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