Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update


Containment on the Cable Crossing Fire has climbed to 70 percent and fire managers continue releasing fire crews and equipment and sending them to other fires around the region. “Fire danger remains high all across Oregon and there is a great chance of new fires. We want make sure these are resources available when the fire bell rings again,” said Dave Lorenz, Southern Oregon Area Manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Some crews from the Cable Crossing Fire have been sent to the Stouts Creek Fire near Tiller, the Collier Butter Fire near Gold Beach, and to fires burning in Washington State.

To ensure public safety and resource integrity, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a temporary closure of some their lands in Douglas County. The closure area affects public lands inside the Cable Crossing Fire perimeter and beyond. Additionally, the North Umpqua River Corridor is closed to all activities from Baker Wayside downstream to Deadline Falls. The North Umpqua Trail is also closed from Tioga Bride downstream to the Swiftwater Trailhead. The trailhead, day use area, and bridge at Swiftwater Park are also closed.
For more information on the BLM temporary closure please visit: or contact the Roseburg BLM District Office at 541-440-4930.
The current acreage for the fire is at 1,848. The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Both lanes of Highway 138 are now open.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1,848 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  70%
Expected Containment:  8/12/15
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:   27
Helicopters:   4
Engines:  19
Dozers:   5
Water Tenders:   15
Total personnel: 732
Estimated Cost to Date: $7,900,000
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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 mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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.

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.