Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

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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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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