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 - June 29, 2015

Due to exceptionally dry landscape and drought conditions, hot weather and forecasted lightning, the risk of extreme fire activity remained high through the weekend and into this coming week. The Oregon Department of Forestry, forestland owners and agency partners are managing fire conditions usually experienced in late July or early August. 
A high pressure system is forecast for the southern Oregon area, with high temps, dry weather and slight chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service is calling for a hot and dry air mass to settle back into the Willamette Valley and Portland areas through the end of the work week; a Red Flag warning for thunderstorms is in effect for NE Oregon.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 700-acre lightning-caused Harper Complex Fire is burning in timber, brush and grass approximately 8 miles southwest of John Day. Approximately 10 residents are threatened. This complex includes the lightning-caused Hog Creek Fire, 30 acres, and the 25-acre Luce Creek Fire.  A local Type 3 Team has been assigned to the Harper Complex.

The Jones Canyon Fire is approximately 500 acres and burning approximately 12 miles NE of Monument in grass, brush and juniper in the old Monument Complex. Resources assigned: 4 engines, 1 crew, 1 dozer and 1 helo have been assigned to this fire.

The Sugar Loaf Fire was reported Saturday burning in grass and timber in central Oregon on BLM land 9 miles north of Dayville. One outbuilding has been destroyed and 12 residences threatened. Fire size is estimated at 4,095 acres. ODF Team 1 (Buckman) is assigned to this fire. Evacuations are being coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff's Office. 

In addition to the Sugarloaf fire, firefighters have been working on the 250-acre Buck Creek Fire located 18 miles northeast of Hampton, Oregon, which is now at 90 percent containment, and the 30-acre Bear Creek Fire located 7 miles south of Prineville Reservoir, which is now 100 percent contained.

The Smith Hollow Fire is burning in grass and brush near Fossil; this 21-acre fire is 100 percent lined. Cause is under investigation.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, fire officials also want to remind everyone that possession or use of fireworks on Forest Service or BLM land is illegal.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

Jaca Reservoir Fire (USDI / BLM) is located 87 miles south of Vale, Oregon, is estimated at 1,500 acres and is burning in brush and grass.

The Leslie Gulch Fire (USDI / BLM) is a lightning-caused fire burning in grass and brush approximately 45 miles south of Vale.

The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Fire (USFS) reported June 26 burning in timber 30 miles SE of Oakridge, OR., is 167 acres and 10 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/

The lightning-caused Buckskin Fire (USFS) reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

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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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