Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 29, 2014

New fires
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) in the past 24 hours.

Current fires
The 2,102-acre Deception Complex two miles west of the community of Oakridge grew on the NE end Thursday. The complex is 45 percent contained. ODF is in unified command with Oregon Team 4, led by incident commander Brian Watts. Ross Holloway is IC for ODF, and other department overhead (fire management) personnel have been assigned to the complex as well. ODF is focusing its efforts on the northeast side of the fire closest to Oakridge. ODF personnel have been working with private landowners, evaluating the wildfire risk to their property and assisting them in creating defensible space.

The department is also working with the U.S. Forest Service to complete fire line on Deception Ridge to prevent the fire from moving onto private lands. ODF has about 25 total personnel at the complex, and a strike team of five fire engines. For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

 This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

 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/

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

Rod Nichols
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-945-7425 office
 

 

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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