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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 13

Rogue River Drive (SW Oregon): started Monday, the Rogue River Drive fire, located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), has grown to 600 acres. Nearly 130 structures are currently threatened. Erratic winds in the area have been reported, and Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response. Cause is under investigation.

Broady Creek (NE Oregon): started yesterday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant.  At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are beginning mop-up operations.

Deer Creek (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). No additional fire growth from yesterday.

Deep Canyon (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to WDNR. No additional fire growth. Resources are engaged in full scale mop-up.
(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: This is the last update on this fire. Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The fire received some rain from the thunderstorms that passed over yesterday afternoon.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,147 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 90% contained. More information: | Fire Information Number: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - | Southwest Oregon District Blog - | NWCC - 
Northeast Oregon
Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 85% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Central Oregon
Rain moderated fire behavior yesterday, and firefighters worked to take advantage of wetter conditions.

South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,883 acres and are 30% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 | 

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: | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program:     
More information on these fires can be found at: and
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
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.
Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
State Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (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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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.