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

ODF Fire Update: Sunday, July 13, 2014

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

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

WHITE RIVER FIRE
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: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3945/.

SERVICE CREEK FIRE
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).

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
Stay current on the latest via Oregon Department of Forestry social media:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx

OTHER DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY LINKS
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather (Fire Weather)

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information (Wildfire smoke forecasts)

ADDITIONAL LINKS
http://www.nwccweb.us/ (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center overview)

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov (Sortable nationwide information)

http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx (Statewide air quality index readings)

http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html (Safety tips)

http://www.keeporegongreen.org/ (Keep Oregon Green)

NEWS MEDIA
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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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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.