Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fire Danger Increases

The Douglas Forest Protective Association will increase the fire danger to “high” for the entire Douglas District effective Wednesday, June 24th.  The change in fire danger is a result of dry forest fuels and the projected hot, dry weather.

Fire officials are also reminding everyone that both public and industrial fire restrictions are increasing over the next couple days.  

On June 24th, public use restrictions, known as a Regulated Use Closure, goes into effect for all DFPA protected land.  On June 25th, DFPA will move into Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (IFPL 2) for zones DG-1, DG-2, UA-1, and UA-2.

For more information about public or industrial fire restrictions, visit www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s 24 hour fire information line at 541-672-0379.  For all other business, contact DFPA at 541-672-6507.


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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.