Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































Friday, August 14, 2015

Chambers Mill Fire evening update - Aug. 13, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry
Steve Kendall, Incident Commander

Chambers Mill Fire 100% Lined, 50% Contained

Fire crews completed containment lines around the perimeter of the 180-acre Chambers Mill Fire Thursday. The fire is now fully lined with a combination of dozer and hand lines. These lines kept the fire in check and allowed crews to begin mop up operations.

Friday's fire crews will continue to strengthen existing fire lines and begin mopping up parts of the fire.

“We hope to have the fire fulling contained by Friday night but will be mopping up for several days after that,” remarked Link Smith, District Forester for ODF’s Western Lane District.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has re-opened both lanes of Territorial Highway. Motorists are urged use caution when passing through the area. 

The Chambers Mill Fire is burning on private and public lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators on the incident include Weyerhaeuser Co. and the Bureau of Land Management. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire at a glance
Size: 180 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  50 percent
Expected Date of Containment:  8/14/15
Crews and Equipment: 
Hand Crews:  4
Helicopters:   2
Engines:  4
Dozers:   4
Water Tenders:  6
For More Information:
541-935-2283 ext 242
https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

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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.



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