2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.

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 - www.twitter.com/swofire/

Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/

Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff

NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx


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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097 

Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us  

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

Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com  


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.



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 http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.



ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.


For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.


Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.



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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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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