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





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 23, 2014

FIRES
Large fires currently burning 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 80 percent contained and in full mop-up. Firefighters are using handheld infrared detection devices to aid in locating hot spots. More lightning is predicted today, and an operations section chief advised firefighters, “Don’t mess around with it. If you get the word, move to a safe area.” Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is managing the firefighting operation.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 80 percent contained. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort. Mop-up is proceeding, and the team is releasing resources rapidly.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,146 acres and 65 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land.

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/.)

 
Black Rock Fire35,731 acres, 85 percent contained.

Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 70 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,917 acres, 50 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 6,506 acres, 22 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 45 percent contained.

Pittsburg Fire – 8,082 acres, 95 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 90 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 41 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fire – 10,350 acres, 20 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 40,575 acres, 75 percent contained.


FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 
 

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.