Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Friday, July 31, 2015

Ready, Set, Go explained

When a wildfire potentially threatens a community, emergency services agencies may announce "Ready, Set, Go." This slogan refers to three levels of evacuation.

Be Ready: Level 1

Evacuation Plan
  • Make a plan, and be sure everyone in your family understands it.
  • Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during Level 1 (Ready), Level 2 (Set) and Level 3
  • (GO!) evacuations.
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets and livestock. If it isn’t safe for you, its not safe for them.
  • Designate a meeting place – this could be a friend or family member’s house, or an evacuation shelter.
  • Choose an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family and friends and to keep your phone lines open.
House Preparation
  • Make sure house numbers are visible from the street.
  • Make sure driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to enter (10-12 feet wide).
  • Prepare your defensible space.
  • Emergency Kits - Keep them ready at all times in your home and vehicle.
  • Include supplies for you and everyone who lives in your home or visits regularly.
  • Include supplies for your pets.
  • Include copies of important documents, phone contact lists, family photos, household inventory lists, and any portable valuables.
  • Keep your vehicles filled with gas.

Be Set: Level 2

  • Keep pets and livestock ready to go in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Be sure to have your photo ID or something showing your current address in case you need to access an evacuated area.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations for updates.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures (during wildfires).

Go!: Level 3

  • Leave house lights on and windows closed.
  • Let your emergency contact and/or family members know where you are going.
 
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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.






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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.