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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

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: and

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

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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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.