Current situation

Summer arrives this week, with maximum daylight hours. Having longer hours of sunshine allows more time for fuels to dry out with less overnight recovery of humidity.

Western Lane District has announced it will enter fire season on Thursday, June 21. Six other ODF districts and forest protective associations are already in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rye Valley Fire - Update July 26, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander
Fire crews assigned to the Rye Valley Fire are beginning to prepare for their next assignment as the status of the fire continues to improve. The fire now stands at 1,434 acres and is 75 percent contained.

Mop-up objectives are beginning to be realized and suppression rehabilitation efforts are in full swing.

Rehabilitating the landscape from fire suppression activities includes breaking up and smoothing berms back into line, constructing water bars or trenches as needed to prevent future soil erosion and repairing damaged fences.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 (IC Dan Thorpe) would like to thank everyone in the Huntington community for their tremendous hospitality. Special thanks to the landowners we serve and the many cooperating agencies.

Cooperators include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

Size: 1,434 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 75%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 230
Air Tankers: None
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 10
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
Estimated Cost: $976,776
For More Information: (503) 983-8897




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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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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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