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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 06-29-15 evening

Fires burning on ODF-protected lands:

  Happy Ridge Fire - The 10-acre lightning-caused Happy Ridge Fire was reported June 29 burning in the Central Oregon District. The 10-acre lightning-caused fire is burning in pine and oak fuels. 

Harper Complex - The lightning-caused Harper Complex fires reported June 28 are burning in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. They include the 600-acre Harper Fire, and the  25-acre Luce Creek Fire.

Jones Canyon Fire - The 248-acre lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire reported June 28 is burning in the John Day Unit.

Hog Creek Fire -  The 96-acre lightning-caused Hog Creek Fire reported June 28 is burning in the John Day Unit.

Fires burning on other lands:
Sugarloaf Fire - The 4,000-acre lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire reported June 27 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands has been assigned to ODF's Team 1. The incident management team took command June 29. 

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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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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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