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





Monday, July 14, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, July 14, 2014.


This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, July 14, 2014.
 
We are posting a number of press releases and photos to our Facebook page, so please check back regularly via ODF social media (Facebook and Twitter) to stay current.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Two of three ODF Incident Management Teams are deployed on the Moccasin Hill and White River fires. 

Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, burning just north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is 2508 acres. First reported yesterday at 2 p.m., the fire has destroyed a total of 20 structures, including six homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision. As of yesterday evening, the Klamath County Sherriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and North Arrowhead Lane. The Red Cross has set up to care for evacuees at the Sprague River Community Center. Crews continue to fight the blaze as it burns through heavy timber and brush, with lots of air attack (helicopters) underway, and 231 structures currently threatened. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident’s website. The Moccasin Hill Fire camp is located at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin. We’re here to help in Salem, and available for all media inquiries, but if you’d like direct local information, you can call the Klamath Falls ODF Office at 541-883-5681 or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223. 

White River Fire
Starting Saturday afternoon, firefighters working night and day on the 570-acre White River Fire 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, extinguished remaining hot spots inside the fire’s perimeter. Now reported at 45% contained, crews are currently improving fire lines, tightening protection barriers around the blaze, and setting hoses deeper into the area, among many other efforts. The White River Canyon includes very steep terrain, and safety is a top priority for ODF and crew. Fire costs to date: approximately $800,000. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident’s website.

Service Creek Fire
The Service Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles west of Spray, Oregon, burned off of ODF protected-lands on to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) jurisdiction lands, and under BLM protection and responsibility. BLM provided a Type 3 team. Two outbuilding structures have burned.

Lightning strikes across the state have started a number of smaller sized fires in various jurisdictions, including in the Willamette National Forest (contained, and called the Bingham Complex).  

Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

Oregon Department of Forestry social media
Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr links at link to our social media menu page.

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)

Other 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.

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.

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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, 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.



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. 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.