Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.









Friday, September 5, 2014

I-5 Northbound fires burning in Douglas County

Kyle Reed, Douglas Forest Protective Association                                                                          
(541) 672-6507 X 136  CELL: (541) 580-2789               

I-5 Northbound Fires

Reports of multiple fires between I-5 milepost 108 northbound to the top of Roberts Mountain came into 911 dispatch starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.  Approximately 10 fires were burning in the area.  The total number of fire starts have not yet been determined as several fires burned together.  It is estimated that the fires have burned a total of 80 acres, but more accurate mapping will be completed Friday.  The cause of the fires appear to be vehicle related.

As of Thursday night, all the fire spread was stopped and crews were working on securing fire trails and mopping up hot spots near the lines.  Firefighters will remain on scene overnight working on the fires.  Motorists pasting through the area are advised to use caution due to the heavy fire traffic.

While multiple homes were threatened by the fires, no homes were actually evacuated and no structures were burned.  Douglas County utilized their reverse 911 system to advice all residence within a 2 mile radius of the fires of the situation.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association responded to the fires, as did a majority of Douglas County Fire Departments, Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Myrtle Creek Police Department, and ODOT.

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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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