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. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17

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September 16, 2014

Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425,
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499,

Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire.  Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the “All” search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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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.

What we do

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.