Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 18, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

 

NEW FIRES

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

 

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  This 4,100 acre fire is about 30% contained.  It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  The northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or structures is becoming more secure.  Due to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team will be demobilizing today.

 

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

 

The fire contact information is: 360-280-4352, 503-630-1711, 36pitfire@gmail.com

 

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

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.

 

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. 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 https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

 

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

NEWS MEDIA

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

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Cell   (503) 910-4311

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Desk   (503) 945-7425

Cell     (503) 508-4478

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

 

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www.oregon.gov/ODF |  social media | State Forests Online Community

 

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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: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.