Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS                                                                                                                                                                                 
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  The Cable Crossing Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 28, burning east of Glide near Highway 138 East, MP 23. Spot fires were also detected across the highway and the North Umpqua River.  Firefighters made good progress overnight on the fire, with crews able to complete fire trail around about 90 percent of the fire last night despite fairly active fire behavior due to dry forest fuels and strong winds.  This morning, the fire is estimated as 10 percent contained, at approximately 150 acres. Today, firefighters will work to complete fire trail and install hose lays around the fire.  Firefighting resources assigned to the Cable Crossing Fire today include aviation resources (helicopters and fixed wing observation aircraft, as well as single engine air tankers available if needed) and ground resources including approximately 180 firefighters.

Safety for firefighters and the general public remains the number one priority.  Due to heavy fire traffic in the area, along with hazard trees which need to be removed near the fire along Highway 138 East, ODOT still has the highway closed near the fire area.  Fire crews are working with ODOT to minimize the hazards along the highway before it is reopened for non-fire traffic.  For more information about the Highway 138 East closure, visit

The latest information on this fire is available from DFPA at,, and/or

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), 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.
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.

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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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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.