Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gov. Brown activates Ore National Guard to fight wildfires


August 19, 2015
Media Contacts:

Melissa Navas, Governor's office, 503-689-0248
Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481
Major Steven Bomar, Oregon National Guard, 503-990-9508

Oregon National Guard Activated by Governor Brown to Fight Wildfires


(John Day, OR) — While in Grant County today, Governor Brown announced that she activated Oregon National Guard members to assist in fire fighting. About 125 soldiers will begin training this week at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem.

“Oregon National Guard members will join first responders who are working tirelessly to battle these unpredictable wildfires,” said Governor Brown. “We have weeks of fire season left, and it is incumbent upon us to make sure that above all else, we continue to protect the public's safety.”

Already this summer, the National Guard has dedicated resources to fighting wildfires, with 4 Blackhawk helicopters and support personnel assisting in the effort.

“Prevention is crucial. We need every Oregonian and visitor to be fire-savvy and aware of fire restrictions and common-sense practices,” said Governor Brown.

After their training, Oregon National Guard members are expected to join the fire line late next week. 

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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, 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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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.





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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.