Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

South Jetty Fire Update - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 A.M.

South Jetty Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry -
Astoria District
Incident Commanders: Neal Bond, ODF
August 5, 2015   10:30 AM
Fire Information Phone: 503-338-8442

A mini dozer called a Sweco machine made for building trail that ODF usually uses for building recreational trails has proved this week to be a valuable firefighting tool.   The narrow 3-foot-wide blade made building fire line easy and quicker than doing it by hand.  This allowed fire crews to focus on putting the fire out within the fire perimeter. 
Yesterday crews made good progress and have approximately 65 percent of the fire perimeter lined and hose laid around 80 percent of the fire.  Today’s objective is to continue to build line and tie into the river beach.
The hand crew will continue to mop-up the interior. This means they will seek and destroy all hot spots.  Yesterday they started along the fire perimeter and worked inward.  Today they will continue to build the black rim around the fire. 
Fire officials and State Park managers are assessing the fire situation on daily basis.  When the area is deemed safe for public entry, the road block will be removed.

Fire at a Glance 08/05/2015
Size:   27 acres
Containment: 50 %
Expected Containment:  08/09/15
Cause: under investigation
Resources on fire:
 Crews: 3 (10 man)
 Air Tankers: 0
 Helicopters: 0
 Engines: 1
 Dozers: 1 (Sweco)
 Water Tenders: 1
 Total Personnel: 40
Estimated Costs to Date: UNK
Threatened Structures: 0
Injuries: 0

For additional information:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or

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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, 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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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.

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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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