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.


































Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fire Update for Saturday, July 25, 2015


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


Lulay Field Fire
The Lulay Field Fire was reported burning in grass yesterday on the North Cascade District. The fire reached 22 acres in size and has now been controlled.

Cause is under investigation.

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire near the Oregon / Washington border approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, is estimated at 763 acres and was reported Thursday night. Extended attack occurred yesterday amidst erratic winds but the forward spread has been stopped. 125 personnel are assigned to this fire.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel assumed control of the fire Thursday. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

Fires on other lands

ODF personnel assisted with fire suppression Friday on a 210-acre fire near Monmouth burning mostly on agricultural lands with some forested ground as well. The fire was approximately 1/4 mile from the West Oregon District Protection Boundary; several homes were evacuated. ODF's Dalles Unit assisted, providing a type 2 helicopter and other resources and coordinating with the Rural Fire District. Fire spread has been stopped and the helicopter released.

The 0451 RN Fire was reported burning yesterday 9 miles SE of Dufur, OR. in grass and brush near a high-use campground. The fire is approximately 400 acres and 0 % contained. Lead agency is B.L.M.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.

Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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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 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.



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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