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, July 13, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Monday, July 13, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, July 13, 2015.

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported starting on ODF-protected forestlands in the past 72 hours.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

(Final Report):  Northeast Oregon District – Pendleton Unit:  The lightning-caused Table Rock Fire, which started on July 9 and burned in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was reported as 100 percent contained at 218 acres on Friday afternoon, July 13.  More information:  http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com.

(Final Report):  North Cascade District – Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is now 100 percent contained at approximately 79 acres and in full mop-up.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  More information:  http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@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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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.






What we do

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.