Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rye Valley Fire - final update

Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Dan Thorpe, incident commander
Rye Valley Fire final update, July 27, 2014

The Rye Valley Fire was officially declared 100 percent contained at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The final fire size is 1,516 acres with an estimated suppression cost of $1.35 million.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 (IC Dan Thorpe) has transferred the fire back to the BLM Vale District. While many fire crews and equipment begin heading back to their respective home units or their next fire assignment, some fire crews will remain behind to provide patrols and mop up operations over the next several days. Local firefighting crews will periodically monitor the fire area throughout the remainder of the summer.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

Fire at a glance:
Size: 1,516 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of the community of Huntington (near border w/ Idaho)
Containment: 100 percent
Cause: Lightning
Estimated cost: $1,350,000
For more information: Bureau of Land Management-Baker Unit, 541-523-1256



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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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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.

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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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