Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 10

Fire Update – Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)


Large Fires within ODF protection:


New large fires: None reported.


Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)


Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts: 


Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from 11:00 am today through 11:00 pm Tuesday.  The forecast for the Beaver Complex area calls for thunderstorms with dry lightning this afternoon.  Any new fire starts may grow rapidly due to the dry conditions.  This forecast creates good potential for extreme fire behavior. 

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 64% contained.  Lightning caused this fire on July 30.

Personnel: 1,458

Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level.

More information:

Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Twitter -

Southwest Oregon District Blog -

Smoke Information -


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office -!/JacksonCountySheriff



Northeast Oregon District:


5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 50% contained.  It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.

Personnel: 412

More information:

Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119



Central Oregon District:


South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 52,437 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 60,020 acres and are 25% contained.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. (Increasing risk of thunderstorms through Tuesday.)

Personnel: 692

Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff’s Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.

More information:

Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636


Rowena Fire: A 3,673 acre fire, currently 65% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5.

Structure/home fire protection: The Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has resumed primary home protection through the 911 system.

Personnel and equipment: 610 personnel

Evacuations: Evacuation levels remain at a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West. 

More Information:

Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Twitter: @RowenaFire2014


Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: 

Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program:  

Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792

Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at  


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: and



Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.


Statewide air quality index readings are available at



ODF maintains a blog at, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at


For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, and to the national Incident Information System website at


Statewide air quality index readings are available at



News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 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.


Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer

Private Forests

Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Desk (503) 945-7248

Cell   (503) 910-4311


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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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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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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.