Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update | Wednesday, July 8, 2015


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the last 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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 55 percent contained.  There has been no increase in actual fire size in the past 24 hours, but due to more accurate mapping the size is now estimated at approximately 79 acres. The fire is in mop-up, moving towards being fully extinguished, and, with improved containment, firefighters will begin to be released for rest or to other fire assignments.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  More information:  http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

Note:  The following fire was reported on Monday, July 6, but mistakenly not included in the July 7 morning fire update:
Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The Baker Gardens Fire was reported at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, burning on ODF-protected forestlands 11 miles east of Lonerock in grass and light timber.  The fire was 100 percent dozer-lined by the morning on Tuesday, July 7.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  This will be the only report on this fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire – The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire, burning approximately 11 miles south of Dayville, is now approximately 28,766 acres and 40 percent contained.  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 Incident Management Team 1 transitioned management of this fire over to the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (IC: Brett Fillis), this morning, July 8.  With the release of the ODF incident management team, and information available from the interagency team, there will be no further reports on this fire in these updates unless warranted.  More information:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4349.

 
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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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.



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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.