Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eagle Complex update - 08-30-15

On Saturday, gusty winds tested the containment lines that firefighters have been constructing from the eastern flank of the fire to the natural barriers near the boundary of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Despite wind gusts of 40 mph, firefighters, working with the assistance of helicopters, kept the fire within the containment lines. Aerial resources also supported structure protection efforts in the Footbridge area as the western flank of the fire continued to back down the Two Colors and Boulder Creek drainages. In the afternoon, the fire area was blanketed with light rain and the humidity helped suppress fire activity.

On Sunday, weather conditions are forecasted to be cooler with high relative humidity and a 50 percent chance of showers. Firefighters are looking to take advantage of the break in the weather to secure containment lines along the fire perimeter, continue mopping up around structures in East Eagle Creek and manage fire activity in the Boulder Creek drainage.

The Eagle Complex is currently 12,504 acres and 25 percent contained. Although the containment has not increased in the past few days, natural barriers around much of the fire perimeter on the north are anticipated to limit future fire growth. Rocky areas and open meadows to the north and northeast of the fire perimeter are unlikely to support further fire activity in these directions.

Evacuations: The Baker County Sheriff's Office maintains a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek drainage to the wilderness.

The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson down to the forest boundary remain at LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (

Area Fire Closures: There is an area closure in effect for the Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle, Tamarack Campground and Two Color Campground. Please see the link to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website (
Start Date:                  August 11, 2015
Cause:                        Lightning
Location:                    20 Miles NW of Richland, Oregon
Size:                            12,504 acres
Containment:              25%
Resources:                 315 Personnel
                                    9 crews, 12 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 5 bulldozers
                                     4 Type 1 helicopters,1 Type 3 helicopters

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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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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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