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.


































Sunday, June 14, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Sunday, June 14, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Sunday, June 14, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
  • Sunset Grade Fire
The Sunset Grade Fire, on primarily the Tillamook State Forest, started just before noon yesterday. Before firefighters finished building a trail around the fire, it grew to 30 acres. Alongside the ODF fire crews the Banks and Forest Grove rural fire departments pitched in fighting this fire. Crews will strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. Unless warranted, this will be the only update.

For more information visit: http://www.fgdfire.com/?m=1

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.
     ·       Buckskin Fire
The Buckskin Fire near Cave Junction consumed 1,200 acres. More information is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4286/25077/.                 

FIRE STATISTICS*
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires:  70 fires burned 166 acres
Human-caused fires: 156 fires burned 339 acres
Total: 226 fires burned 505 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.*

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.

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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.