Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

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.

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:

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.

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:

News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or, 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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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.

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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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