Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update, Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT

Media Release

Oregon Department of Forestry
September 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Fire Information Line: 503-357-2191

Fire at a Glance
Size: Estimated 250 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove
Containment: 0%
Expected Containment: unknown

Current Situation:
Firefighters, dozer operators, and engine crews, are working overnight to slow the fire spread while structural firefighters are staged to protect homes.
The weather Saturday could prove difficult with expected high temperatures and wind. Crews will continue aggressively fighting the fire to protect homes and natural resources.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2 will begin work Saturday morning and assume command from the local ODF team at 6:00 p.m. The team will build on the momentum created through the immediate response by the Gaston Rural Fire District, Washington County Fire District 2, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County Parks, the Red Cross, and the local Oregon Department of Forestry.

Homes along Stepien Road have been evacuated. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.
Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-357-2191 for the latest information.

For More Information:
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-992-3242 (recording) or Twitter: @forestgrovefire


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Current wildfire info

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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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.