2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Conflagration Act declared for Grizzly Bear Complex

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 7:37 p.m. Aug. 20 in response to the Grizzly Bear Complex fires burning in Wallowa County. At the time of the declaration, the fire threatened more than 100 homes and structures, including a local school.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) deployed its Green Incident Management Team - Incident Commander Ted Kunze. OSFM has mobilized four task forces from Marion, Yamhill, Clatsop and Columbia counties to assist with structure protection.

Washington Incident Management Team 2 is leading the fire suppression effort.

The Grizzly Bear Complex Fire was caused by numerous lightning fires. It originated in Washington Aug. 13. Currently the fire is approximately 50,000 acres. Three residences and 20 outbuilding have been lost.

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Current wildfire info

The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.