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.


































Friday, September 26, 2014

Public wildfire restrictions eased in Douglas County


Douglas Forest Protective Association
Sept. 26, 2014
Contact: Kyle Reed, 541-672-6507 x136, kreed@odf.state.or.us

While fire season remains in effect, the recent rain showers and cooler temperatures have allowed fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to ease fire restrictions for the general public.  Campfires and fireworks are now the only restrictions under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure.  Campfires are only allowed in DFPA Designated Campgrounds (see list below) and fireworks are prohibited.  Under state law, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition remains prohibited until fire season is terminated.

“We appreciate the help from all the public and landowners throughout the last several months of high and extreme fire conditions” says DFPA District Manager Melvin Thornton.  “Keep in mind though, fire season is still here! Fires will still burn in the fuels as they dry over the next few days, so caution and common sense is still needed while living and visiting the area.”

Burn permits for outdoor debris burning are now being issued by DFPA following an onsite inspection by a Forest Officer.  Before a burn permit can be issued, a fire trail down to mineral soil must surround the burn pile.  While burning is taking place, at least one adult with fire tools and water must remain on site until the burning is completed and the fire is put out.  Permits are only being issued for debris piles consisting of woody materials.  Garbage, plastic, rubber, and other materials cannot be burned.  DFPA burn permits are free of charge and can be obtained by calling DFPA at 672-6507 to schedule an onsite inspection.

For additional information about industrial or public use restrictions currently in effect, visit www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s information line at (541) 672-0379.

DFPA designated campgrounds:
Cavitt Creek Falls Recreation Site
Eagleview Campground
Lone Pine Campground
Millpond Recreation Site
Rock Creek Recreation Site
Susan Creek Recreation Site
Tyee Recreation Site
Amacher Park Campground
Douglas County Fairgrounds Campground
Pass Creek Campground
Stanton Park Campground
Chief Miwaleta Campground
Whistler's Bend Campground

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.








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