Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Monday, July 6, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 6

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Niagara Fire - The 70-acre Niagara Fire was 35 percent contained as of 2 p.m. today. It is burning mostly on state forest lands in the Santiam Unit of the North Cascade District along Highway 22 adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam. ODF will continue to work today to secure containment lines. Fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters, with any spot fires beyond the fire lines spreading rapidly. Slightly cooler temperatures forecast for today are expected to aid the firefighting effort. ODF has been receiving valuable assistance from the Willamette National Forest and several local fire departments. More info: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire is 26,414 acres and 15 percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River. Private lands in the fire area are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. ODF's Team 1 is managing the firefighting operation.

Bunker Hill Complex - The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Complex 30 miles SE of Oakridge is 388 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on National Forest lands.

Dennis Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Dennis Creek Fire 15 miles east of Union is 192 acres and uncontained. The fire is burning on National Forest lands.

Jones Canyon Fire - The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire 12.5 miles NE of Monument is 840 acres and 75 percent contained. The fire is burning on BLM lands.

Radar Fire - The human-caused Radar Fire four miles west of Burns is 400 acres and uncontained. The fire is burning on BLM lands.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
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.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, 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.

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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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, 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.