2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hunters: Fire danger still present

Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
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 A word of caution to hunters as they prepare for opening day of deer season this weekend:  Fire danger is still present throughout the Umpqua Valley and fire restrictions remain in place.  While hunters take aim at that trophy buck, the Douglas Forest Protection Association would like to remind all forest visitors to still be careful in wildland areas.

“The cool overnight and morning temperatures can be very misleading” says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed.  “With temperatures forecasted into the 80’s through the weekend, the chances of a fire starting and spreading is still very likely.”

DFPA’s modified Regulated Use Closure remains in effect, which means the following restrictions must be followed when recreating on private, county, state or BLM lands. 

  • Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds (see list below)
  • The use of fireworks, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition are all prohibited.

Note that when traveling from DFPA protected land onto neighboring ODF or Forest Service lands, fire restrictions may change.  Contact the appropriate fire organization for the land you want to recreate on for up to date fire restrictions.

In addition, some private landowners still have additional closures or restrictions in place on their land holdings due to the fire danger.  It is recommended to check accessibility before venturing onto private lands. 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association protects 1.6 million acres of private, county, state and Bureau of Land Management lands within the Douglas District, and have suppressed 117 fires this year that have burned 113 acres.


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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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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