Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Tuesday, June 9, 2015

98-acre Corn Creek Fire fully lined

Corn Creek Fire Update, June 9, 2015

Fire crews completed line around the 98-acre Corn Creek Fire in Douglas County Monday evening. Approximately 90 firefighters, a bulldozer, and two water tenders are on scene today. Their objective is to strengthen fire lines and begin the mop-up process. The fire is burning 14 miles east of Canyonville near Milo. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

In addition to the Corn Creek Fire, firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) and local fire departments are responding to reports of lightning fires from a storm moving across the district this morning. More information about the lightning fires will be provided as it becomes available.

News contact:
Kyle Reed
DFPA                                                                                 
(541) 672-6507 X 136                              
kyle.reed@oregon.gov

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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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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