Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

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

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.