Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Friday, August 1, 2014

Central Ore. Interagency fire update - Aug. 1, evening

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
August 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update

Central Oregon – As another busy day of fire starts unfolded across Central Oregon, initial response crews continued to assess and suppress them with a variety of resources including engines, crews, water tenders, and air support.  By 7 p.m.  17 fires had been reported to Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center and had been staffed with resources.  As a Red Flag Warning remains in effect for abundant lightning until 11 p.m. on Saturday crews are not expecting much relief in their efforts.

In addition to initial response efforts, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 1 (Type 1 - Buckman) continued to work on three fires called the Haystack Complex and took  on management of the 54 acre Hog Ridge Fire today.  All of the fires in the complex are primarily on private lands.  The fires are located 3 miles NE of Spray (Haystack Fire), 3 miles NE of Dayville (Throop Fire) and 7 miles NE of Monument (Steet Fire) and are 50% contained.   In addition ODF is providing initial attack resources from the Haystack Complex to new fires in the area. For more information on the Haystack Complex call 503-758-8253.

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 (Type II - Johnson) took over management of the Sniption Fire, 15 miles N of Fossil, OR, today.  The fire is on approximately 25,000 acres of private and BLM managed lands and is 20% contained.  Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is coordinating with Gillam County on response to the fire.

Today Oregon Incident Management Team 4 (Type II-Watts) was ordered to take over management of three fires (Murderer’s Creek, Buck Fork, and Placer Gulch) around the South Fork of the John Day River.  The fires will be put into a complex and be called the South Fork Complex.   Transition from initial attack resources to Team 4 will occur in the next day or two.

The Sisters area was a particular focus of initial attack activity during the day. Around 2 p.m. a new fire (Castle) was found burning within approximately ½ mile of Monty Campground on the Metolius Arm area of the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest.  The fire caused Monty Campground to be evacuated under a Level 3 evacuation order and for Perry South Campground to be put under a Level 1 evacuation order.  In addition, seven small fires in the Black Butte area near Sisters were caught and lined by the afternoon.

ODF, Forest Service and BLM were assisted on the fires today by Deschutes County and City of Redmond crews. Deschutes County helped pu out a fire near Phil’s trail in Bend and Redmond Fire put out a fire near Terrebonne.

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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 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.



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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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