Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014


1224 Fire: This 11 acre fire near Wallowa started yesterday afternoon.  Fire growth has been stopped and crews will be using dozers and crews to secure the perimeter.


36 Pit:  This over 3,500 acre fire started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  It has also crept onto ODF protected Bureau of Land Management lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry are using a unified command to fight the fire. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire. The fire threatens 168 homes. The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team is responding along with two structural protection task forces.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3, immediate evacuation order for residents of SE Fall Creek Road, Michaels Road. A Level 1 order (Get Ready) has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road.

The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as other recreation sites along Highway 224. No additional evacuations have been ordered. The Silver Fox RV Park remains closed. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church of Estacada. For information about evacuations go to the Clackamas County website (  For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712. The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

More information on these fires can be found at: and Statewide air quality index readings are available at

ODF maintains a blog at It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, and to the national Incident Information System website at Statewide air quality index readings are available at

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell   (503) 910-4311

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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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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.