Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Eldorado-Cornet-Windy Ridge Fires final update

August 25, 2015

Unity, Ore. –  The Eldorado and the Cornet-Windy Ridge fires remain unchanged in size as firefighters continue to douse hot spots within their respective perimeters. The Eldorado Fire is 20,611 acres and 75 percent contained and the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire is 103,877 acres and 80 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 will return management responsibilities back to the respective agencies tomorrow morning.

Through Monday, both fires under the Type 1 organization included a total of 293 personnel. Today, the   Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 7 engines, 1 water tender and 2 dozers while the Eldorado Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 8 engines, and 2 dozers. Each fire will have 4 engines and a 20-person hand crew for several more days to continue mop up and rehabilitation activities.

The fire team would like to take this opportunity and thank all of the communities in Baker and Malheur counties for their hospitality and support during the fire suppression effort.

Now that the smoke has subsided over the two fires, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human caused fires.

In addition, residents who live in the wildland urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire happens. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at  While defensible space is encouraged to provide additional protection against wildfires, please refrain from using power driven machinery until fire season is declared over.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Have a question/comment about this season's wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands that the Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects from wildfire? Let us know. Please keep your remarks civil and free of profanity.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at:

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.

What we do

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.


About Me

My photo
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.