Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Yellow Point Fire update - 8:30 a.m., Sept. 7, 2014

The 550 acre Yellow Point Fire located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove and uncontained. Steep, rugged terrain is posing a challenge to firefighters. An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team is commanding the firefighting operation.
Resources at the fire include: eight helicopters, two air tankers available (smoky conditions make tanker use uncertain) and 12 hand crews, with more crews on order. Total personnel at the fire: 323.
Private landowners have contributed significantly to the firefighting effort, providing information  and also serving as task force leaders for the crews.
The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cause is under investigation.
Favorable weather is forecast for the next few days, which should aid firefighters.
Some road closures are in place, and the public is asked to avoid the fire area.
The phone No. for fire information is 541-935-4420.

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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 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.

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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.