Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

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

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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