Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































Friday, June 26, 2015

Fire weather update - Friday afternoon, June 26, 2015

The previous weather forecast remains on track for this weekend, with most areas of the state approaching or exceeding 100 degrees Saturday. In addition, Red Flag Warnings are out for dry thunderstorms over much of south-central and southwestern Oregon, and parts of northwestern Oregon late today and tonight. Thunderstorms likely will be even more widespread Saturday afternoon and evening.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue into Sunday and spread over eastern Oregon. These storms are likely to produce more rain Sunday and may provide minor wildfire hazard relief. Cloud cover and an approaching upper level trough will lower temperatures somewhat into the low- to mid-90s on the west side of the Cascades. Most areas east of the Cascades will remain near 100 degrees.

On Monday, an upper level ridge should flatten some, with thunderstorms diminishing and confined to east of the Cascades. Thunderstorms are now forecast to diminish later next week as the upper level ridge flattens and keeps upper level winds more westerly than southerly. However, temperatures will remain hot through next week - in the 90 to 100 degree range.

See links below for the latest fire weather watches and warnings:

Regional Watches and Warnings map -   http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/

National Weather Service Fire Weather Home Pages:

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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, 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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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.