2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Friday, September 5, 2014

Clarks Branch Complex burns 55 acres in So. Oregon

Firefighters made good progress today securing the Clarks Branch Complex, which originally started Thursday, September 4. The Clarks Branch Complex was made up of nine fire perimeters that burned a total of 55 acres between I-5 milepost 108 and 115 northbound. The change in fire size is due to more accurate mapping. 

Today’s main objective was to improve control lines around all nine fire perimeters and to eliminate all smokes and hot spots within the fires.  Reports back from the field indicate that firefighters completed the line improvements and made significant progress extinguishing interior heat.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene until late this evening, and then return first thing in the morning to check the fires.  Douglas Forest Protective Association will continue to check the fires over the next week to make sure the fires are completely out.

DFPA would like to thank the multiple fire departments, law enforcement agencies, Douglas County, and ODOT who all helped with this incident.

Contact:
Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 580-2789

 

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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, 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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