Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.









Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT

Below is this evening’s news release on the Cable Crossing Fire from Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3.  Also, a closure for the fire area is posted on the fire’s Inciweb site.  The direct link to open that closure notice is:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/OR73S/2015-07-29-2320-Cable-Crossing-Fire/related_files/pict20150631-002020-0.pdf .

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INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Fire Information: (541) 496-0902http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015


Fire Crews Beat Back the Heat and the Flames



Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the fire has grown to 830 acres. Containment is estimated at 15 percent.

Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms arriving Friday.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3  assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire Thursday afternoon in an effort to bring in additional resources from around the region and provide needed relief to local fire crews.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% 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.

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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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