Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





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 www.wildlandfirersg.org/.  While defensible space is encouraged to provide additional protection against wildfires, please refrain from using power driven machinery until fire season is declared over.

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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, 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. 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. 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.