Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx






Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire - Size Update effective @ 10:10 a.m.


NOTE:  CABLE CROSSING FIRE SIZE UPDATE:

The Cable Creek Fire, located near Highway 138 East, mile post 23, is now estimated at 270 acres.  The increase in fire size IS NOT due to additional fire growth.  Smokey conditions near the fire area last night made it difficult for observation aircraft to get an accurate size.  This morning, smoke near the fire has dispersed enough to get a better look at the fire; however, this is still an estimated size and that it may be several days before firefighters get an accurate GPS reading.  In addition to a more accurate size-up, the observation aircraft on the Cable Creek Fire located one small spot fire this morning, less than 1/4 acre in size and located about 1/4 mile south of the main fire.  Air and ground resources are currently on the scene and are making good progress on it.

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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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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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