Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rowena Fire update - Aug. 7, morning

The Rowena Fire west of the community of The Dalles in the Columbia Gorge is currently 1,900 acres. Resources fighting the fire include: 44 fire engines, six helicopters, 14 hand crews and three bulldozers. Total personnel: 431.

An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team is in command of the firefighting effort, and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office task forces are providing protection to homes and other structures.

A Level 3 evacuation order has been issued by the Wasco County Sheriff's Department for 275 structures. The total number of residents affected is approximately 600.

A Red Cross evacuation shelter has been established at Dry Hallow Elementary school, 1314 E. 19th, in The Dalles.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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.