Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon.  As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres.  Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today.  No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued.  The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) was dispatched and arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning, and received their fire briefing from the DFPA.  The IMT will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today.  The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

NEWS MEDIA
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.

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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 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.



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.