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.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Stouts Fire Morning Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 9 a.m. PDT
Stouts Fire Morning Update August 3, 2015
Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Firefighters had a good day
Sunday, as moderating weather conditions created calmer fire behavior on the
Stouts Fire. Crews took advantage of the lower temperatures, higher humidity,
cloud cover, and smoke inversion to build additional fire line, prepare contingency
lines, and assess the areas around structures that need clearing and starting
work to help protect them if the fire moves that way. The fire grew slightly
but remains just over 15,000 acres, and is estimated at 5% containment. About
1400 firefighters continue fighting the Stouts Fire around the clock. Over 160
community members turned out to last night’s meeting at the Milo fire hall.
Working together protecting
homes, the wildland firefighters will start clearing road systems and
constructing line along the east side of the fire today, while the structural
firefighters keep working around homes clearing the areas to help prevent a
wildfire from harming homes. Smoke remains heavy and may start lifting around
noon. The crews are using the weather to their advantage to make some gains on
“The crews are doing an
excellent job,” said Roseburg Resources Forestry Manager Mark Wall. “They are
literally working night and day to get this thing under control. No doubt, this
is a difficult job, but I’m confident it’ll get done as quickly as possible and
most importantly, safely.”
The Oregon Department of
Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the USDA Forest Service Stouts
Fire continue managing this fire under unified command. The Incident Management
Teams representing these agencies train together, work together, and cooperate
together under the Incident Command System (or ICS). The fire is burning
approximately 1/3 on private land, 1/3 on Bureau of Land Management land, and
1/3 on National Forest land.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal
Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other
landowners, dozens of private contract crews, and structural firefighters from
Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties continue
fighting the Stouts Fire.
The number of structures
threatened is 317. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy
area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County.
Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south
side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side;
and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on
the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time. The
Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.
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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.