Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cornet Fire update - Aug. 12, 2015 evening

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 4 p.m.
Fire Information: (541) 523-1267

Type 2 Team Assumes Command at 6 p.m. tonight
A local Type 3 interagency incident management team led by Incident Commander (IC) Rick Wagner, took command of the Cornet Fire at 6 p.m. today. The incident command post is located in Unity, Oregon.

Yesterday’s Operations: The fire burned actively throughout the day. Firefighters were challenged by strong winds and dry conditions.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Continued hot and dry conditions throughout Baker County with the potential for increased winds over the next few days.

Today’s Operations: The team transitioned to an Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team, Oregon IMT 4 (Goff), at 6 p.m. today. The fire is currently moving to the northeast from the origin.

A Level 3 Evacuation Order has been issued by Baker County Sheriff’s Office for the Stices Gulch Rd. Area.

A Level 2 Evacuation Order has been issued by Baker County Sheriff’s Office for the Denny Creek Area and the Black Mountain Area.

Highway 245 is currently closed due to firefighting activities in the area. The public is encouraged to avoid the fire area and roads near the fire area to give firefighters space to operate safely. For up-to-date information on highway conditions, check

Cornet Fire information can be found on Inciweb at: and on Facebook at

Numerous fires in Baker County and the surrounding area may make smoke an issue. To monitor the air quality index, the public can access the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s website at

The fire danger rating has increased to EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect. For more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact any forest office, call our Forest Information hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at or on the Blue Mountain Fire Information BlogSpot at

Regulated-Use closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF. Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information. Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR). More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at:

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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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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