Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Monday, August 11, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 11

Fire Update – Monday, August 11, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:
Dexter Creek: A 20-25 acre fire started this morning.  No threats to communities, homes, or structures currently. It is about 50% lined.
Equipment/Personnel: 2 crews, 2 engines, 1 helicopter, 1 dozer

Lincton: A 56 acre fire 6 miles SE of Milton-Freewater started yesterday afternoon and was caught quickly. 9 Engines responded and were mopping up (creating a wider heat free perimeter around the fire to prevent it from spreading) yesterday evening.

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 through 11:00 pm Tuesday.   
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 74% contained. 
Personnel: 1,435
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.
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff

Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 65% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel: 386
More information: 
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork (7,583 acres)): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 62,476 acres and are 30% contained.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday.
Personnel: 798
More information: 
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636

Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire, currently 68% contained. This fire started August 5.
Personnel: 402
Evacuations: Evacuation levels ended, except for 5220-6464 Highway 30 Rowena addresses. Highway 30 re-opened.  
More Information:
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us     

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/

FIRE STATISTICS
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.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
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
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
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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