Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-26-15

Firefighters had a good day yesterday on the 67,930-acre Grizzly Bear Complex Fire. Crews increased the percentage of containment as they worked long hours in hot weather and difficult conditions.

People interested in helping victims of the fires in Oregon are encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross. Go online: For more information, call the Red Cross office in Bend, 541-382-2142, or Portland, 503-284-1234.

ODF Forest Grove District

August Fire | Date | south side of Highway 26 |26 acres | contained and in mop-up | Under investigation |ODF local management |

More information: 503-357-2191 |

ODF West Oregon District – Dallas Unit

Willamina Creek Fire | 08-19-15 | 9 miles north of Willamina | 230 acres | 95% contained | Under investigation | ODF local mgmt. team |

ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit

Canyon Creek Complex | 08-12-15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 74,744 acres | 42% contained | 699 personnel | Lightning | Great Basin IMT 1 (IC Lund) |

More Information: Joint Information Center: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | | | | #canyoncreekcomplex |

ODF Northeast Oregon District – Wallowa Unit

Falls Creek Fire | 08-22-15 |4 miles southwest of Joseph, OR | 324 acres | 0% contained | Local IMT (IC Tyler) |

More Information: 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1208 | |

Grizzly Bear Complex
| 08-13-15 | 20 miles SE of Dayton WA – Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, south and east | 67,930 acres | 10% contained | 740 personnel | Lightning | WA IMT 4 (IC Gales) / OSFM Green Team (IC Kunze)

ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit

Eldorado Fire and Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex | Eldorado Fire reported 08-14-15, Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex reported 08-10-15 | Eldorado: 5 miles southeast of Unity, Cornet-Windy Ridge: 10 miles east of Unity | Eldorado: 20,635 acres and 80% contained, a lightning hold-over; Cornet-Windy Ridge,103,887 acres and 85% contained, lightning |ODF IMT 3 (IC Smith) returned management of the Eldorado and Cornett-Windy Ridge fires to the respective jurisdictional agencies this morning |

More information: Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC):  541-523-2905 | | | |#EldoradoFire |

Eagle Complex | 08-10-15 | 16 miles northeast of Baker City | 10,964 acres |7% contained | 307 personnel | Lightning | Rocky Mountain Black IMT (IC Greer). 

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)

Stouts Fire |07-30-15 | 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo | 26,452 acres (more accurate mapping) | 86% contained | 610 personnel | Human | Florida Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Mike Work

More information:  Phone:  541-825-3724 | | www://  | #StoutsFire |

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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 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.

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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