Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 12

Large Fires within ODF protection

NEW LARGE FIRES

·        Rogue River Drive: a 100 acre fire in southwest Oregon.
·        Deer Creek: a 50 acre fire was stopped near the Washington/Oregon border in SE 
       Washington through a cooperative initial attack with Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and ODF. ODF is coordinating with WDNR on extended attack efforts. The fire burned on rugged slopes in grass, brush and timber stringers. 
·       Deep Canyon: located east of the Deer Creek Fire, this fire is approximately 160 acres and has burned 10 acres into NE Oregon. Cooperative initial attack with WDNR continues.
·       Dexter Creek: a 20-25 acre fire started yesterday morning.  No threats to communities, homes, or structures currently. It is more than 50% lined.

UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)
 

Southwest Oregon
·       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) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 82% contained. Personnel: 1,154 | Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ | 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
There will be a community meeting in Imnaha this evening (8/12) at 5 p.m. at the Imnaha Christian Fellowship Church for updates and Q & A. A Level 1 evacuation (get ready) remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along Imnaha River Road.

·       5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 80% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. Personnel: 292. | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Central Oregon
A public meeting will be held in Dayville tonight from 6-7 p.m. at the Dayville Community Center.
·        South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,272 acres and are 30% contained. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. Murderer’s Creek and Deer Creek recreation facilities have been evacuated. Personnel: 798 | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 | www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com 
·       Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million. More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | 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     

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 comprehensive 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.

Tony Andersen
503-507-4481 

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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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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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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.