With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














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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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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