Current information about fires on department-protected lands
2015 another severe fire season
A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Eldorado Fire update - 08-23-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 Link Smith, incident commander
Fire Information: (541) 446-3521
Current Fire Information
Crews continued to mop up the
Eldorado Fire yesterday and last night, focusing on those areas that still
contained some heat within 300 feet of the line.That work continues today including gridding
and cold trailing, or carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat
to detect any fire.
Rehabilitation work will also
take place, with the objective of minimizing erosion resulting from hand and
dozer line construction by blocking access, removing berms, water barring,
repairing ditches, and pulling removed vegetation back into control lines near
streams and dry creek beds.Hose will be
removed from sections of the line where there is no longer any potential for
the fire to escape.
The weather forecast calls for warmer
temperatures in the 80’s, relative humidities of 15-20 percent and gusty winds
from the south of up to 15 miles per hour on the ridges.Those conditions, along with unstable air,
have warranted a Red Flag warning from noon today until late Monday evening.
concluded the El Dorado fire was caused by lightning hold over.
The fire remains at 20,611 acres
and is 65 percent contained.
As of 8 p.m. on Aug. 22
there were 358 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fire line
include 10 crews, 12 dozers, 23 engines, 7 water-tenders and 2 helicopters.
The Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3 (IMT) will also assume command of the Cornet-Windy
Ridge fire from the Southwest IMT on Monday morning, Aug. 24, 2015 at 6
a.m.The Cornet-Windy Ridge fire is also
in the mop-up and rehabilitation stage with very little fire activity.
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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.
What we do
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.
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.