Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx













Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 22, 2014

FIRES
Currently 19 uncontained large wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington, with 12 of the fires in Oregon. Large fires within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 75 percent contained. Highway 26 has reopened to travel with a pilot car escort. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is managing the firefighting operation.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Donnybrook – Deschutes National Forest, 22,763 acres, 70 percent contained.
Pine Creek – Deschutes National Forest, 30, 245 acres, 65 percent contained.
Bridge 99 Complex - Deschutes National Forest, 5,915 acres, 31 percent contained.
Black Rock Fire – Deschutes National Forest, 35,731 acres, 85 percent contained.
Sunflower Fire – Umatilla National Forest, 7,146 acres, 50 percent contained.
Ochoco Complex – Ochoco National Forest, 6,333 acres, 22 percent contained.
Bingham Complex – Willamette National Forest, 452 acres, 30 percent contained.
Pittsburg Fire – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 8,000 acres, 85 percent contained.
Hurricane Creek Fire – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 645 acres, 10 percent contained.
Buzzard Complex – BLM Burns District, 395,747 acres, 85 percent contained.
Gumboot Fire – BLM Burns District, 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.
Logging Unit Fire – Confederated Tribes o/t Warm Springs, 10,302 acres, 5 percent contained.
Shaniko Butte Fire – Confederated Tribes o/t Warm Springs, 42,500 acres, 75 percent contained.

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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.

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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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