Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Friday, June 19, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Wildfire Summary, week ending June 19, 2015

Though forest conditions are extremely dry across the state, wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry has been relatively moderate. Considerable credit goes to the Oregon public for exercising fire safety awareness in the forest. Nature has contributed, too, with lightning occurring during the week but not burning large acreage.

Sunset Grade Fire - The 67-acre fire, reported June 13, burned on the Tillamook State Forest. ODF, assisted by the Forest Grove and Banks Fire departments, contained the fire the next morning. Cause is under investigation.

Powder House Canyon Fire - The 33-acre fire was reported June 15 burning in the Central Oregon District - John Day Unit. ODF resources currently at the fire include: two fire engines, two hand crews, one water tender, and one bulldozer on standby. The fire is 90 percent contained and in mop-up. Cause is under investigation.

Buckskin Fire - This 2,635-acre fire reported June 11 is burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction in southwestern Oregon on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, in an area previously burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. The fire is currently six percent contained. The cause is lightning. More information is available at:

Little Basin Fire - This 630-acre fire reported June 15 is burning 10 miles north of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire is currently 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More information is available at:

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.