Current situation

Welcome rain and cooler temperatures early this week have reduced fire danger in Oregon. The change in weather has also helped check the growth of many existing fires and allowed firefighters to increase containment levels.




















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

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.