Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at:

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, 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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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.