Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Thursday, August 7, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 7, morning

Fire Update – Thursday, August 7, 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 (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.

Salt Creek Fire:  Command was transitioned to the local ODF Southwest Oregon District. When transferred, this lightning caused, 155 acre fire was 95% contained. This is the last update for this fire.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,074 acres (reduced due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 42% contained.  Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 70 crews, 99 engines, 26 dozers, 25 water tenders, 14 helicopters, and 1,785 personnel
Evacuations:      Were reduced from a Level 2 to Level 1 status.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 (3 Oregon and 3 California) homes were destroyed.
More information:
Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number:  530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 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
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a

Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 20% contained.  It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 351 personnel, 22 engines, 9 water tenders, 1 dozer, and 6 helicopters
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 Evacuation notice for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha.
More information:  
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119
Community Meeting tonight August 7th at 6 pm at the Joseph Community Center.

Central Oregon District: 
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 39,531 acres are 25% contained.
Personnel: 537
Evacuations: The Grant Co. Sheriff’s Department issued a Level 1 Evacuation 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).
More information:  
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com

Rowena Fire: grew to 2,645 acres. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Office and Oregon Department of Forestry are operating a unified command, collaborating on behalf of the ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue organizations to most effectively manage the fire.  This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. 
Structures: 600 homes threatened;
Personnel and equipment: 431 personnel; 44 engines (including structural engines provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Task Force from Clackamas, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties), 6 helicopters, 3 dozers.
Evacuations: 275 homes remain evacuated (Level 3).  About 300 more homes are at a Level 1 evacuation notice.  Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
More Information:
Fire Info Hotline: (541) 506-2792
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Public information meeting: 7:00 pm tonight at The Dalles/Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles.

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

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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.