Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunflower Fire Update for July 20, 2014

On Monday, July 14, 2014 a thunderstorm ignited the Sunflower Fire 10 miles northwest of Monument, OR. The fire is now estimated at 5,900 acres.

Summary: Crews continue to make excellent progress on the fire perimeter. The fire is well established on the south side of Wall Creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks and has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainage's. Short duration crown runs, torching and spotting have been observed due to afternoon localized winds. The fire has grown to 5,900 acres.
Current Situation: Localized afternoon winds continued to push the fire south and southeast into Little and Big Wilson Creek drainage's. Crews continue to monitor both the northeast and northwest flanks of the fire while it smolders and creeps back into fire area.
Overnight crews conducted a burnout operation along FS Road 24 to eliminate grass and brush between the road and fire front. Evening winds assisted the burnout operations which strengthened the containment line.
Early this morning, a spot fire was identified on the east side of FS Rd. 24. It is approximately of 15 acres. The spot fire was assessed and is the priority for day shift crews, using both ground and air resources to contain.
Today, crews in the northeast and northwest sections of the fire will continue mopping up hot spots. In the southern perimeter, crews will continue constructing hand and dozer line along the southwest corner of the fire. Arial resources will be supporting ground crews with water and retardant drops, as soon as the inversion layer lifts in the late morning.
Smoke will increase across eastern Oregon due to increased fire activity and duration.  Localized smoke will hinder visibility through midday, but will improve in the late afternoon.
Weather:    A cooling trend is expected to begin setting up Monday. A chances of showers is forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Decreased temperatures and higher relative humidity will calm fire behavior and assist firefighters with suppression efforts. 
Area Fire Closures:  An area closure was again expanded on July 19 around the fire for firefighter and public safety. Information and map can be found @

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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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