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.


































Monday, July 28, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 28, 2014

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

 Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 75 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Today crews will continue to reinforce fire lines up to 500 feet into the fire’s interior, extinguish/remove burning material near lines, fell snags and trench logs to prevent rolling. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are possible. Resources assigned to the fire include: four hand crews, 11 fire engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers and one helicopter. Total Personnel at the fire: 144. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 will transfer management of the fire back to ODF’s Klamath-Lake District Tuesday morning. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.

 Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. An update will be forthcoming.

 Sunflower Fire – The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 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. Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and complete restoration work. Command was transferred to a Type 3 team on July 26. The smaller organization is securing the remaining fire lines and completing restoration work. This may take some time as large trees and roots continue to burn in the interior of the fire.

 Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,516 acres and was fully contained July 27. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 led the firefighting effort. Management of the fire has been transferred back to the BLM Vale District. Cooperating agencies included: BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington. Estimated cost of the suppression effort: $911,776.

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/.)

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 60 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 74 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 79 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 75 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,481 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.

Gumboot Fire – 4,420 acres, 90 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.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Rod Nichols
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-945-7425 office
503-508-0574 mobile
rnichols@odf.state.or.us

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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, 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.






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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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