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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for August 19, 2014


The Old Blue Mountain Fire was reported to the Salem Coordination Center this morning.

Monday's thunderstorms spread lightning across the Siskiyou Mtns in southwest Jackson County and southeast Josephine County with eight fires found so far. All but one are under an acre in size, the largest is the 40-acre Old Blue Mountain Fire located approximately 8 miles south of the city of Rogue River.

It is estimated at 60 acres and has a fire line around 75 percent of the perimeter. A roadblock is in place on the Right Fork of Foots Creek Rd to restrict access to fire-related traffic.

No evacuations have been requested. Reconnaissance flights are searching for holdover fires

Gulch Fire
The Gulch Fire was reported Sunday five miles south of Wallowa. Aggressive initial attack took place on this 46-acre fire; it is now contained and controlled, and in patrol status.

Rogue River Drive Fire

Located near Shady Cove in Jackson County 15 miles north of Medford, The Rogue River Drive Fire is currently at 492 acres and 70% contained. No structures have been lost.

More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328, Southwest Oregon District Blog -
South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands). These July 31 lightning-caused fires cover approximately 65,138 acres and are 78% contained.
A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires.

More information online:  
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 


ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on 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.


More information on these fires can be found at: and

Statewide air quality index readings are available at


ODF maintains a blog at, which includes comprehensive 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.

Cynthia Orlando, ODF
Desk 503.945.7421 Cell 503.510.7972



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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.