Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ODF Fire Update: Sunday, July 13, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Sunday, July 13, 2014.


The White River Fire, located 16 miles west of Maupin and 25 miles southwest of Dufur, was reported at 300 acres this morning. Located in a steep canyon area, the fire is fueled by grass, fir, pine and oak. The cause is under investigation. ODF Incident Management Team 1 was dispatched and assumed responsibility for the fire at noon today. The team's base is at the Wasco County Fair Grounds in Tygh Valley Oregon. We'll keep you posted as we know more. In the meantime, stay tuned for more info:

The Service Creek Fire is reported at 375 acres, located in the Service Creek area, approximately two miles north of the Highway 207 and Highway 19 junction, burning mostly on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The fire has burned two structures, and one house has been threatened. No containment percentages reported yet.

Additional fire information is shared on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available (see below).

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

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News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

What we do

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.