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.
































Saturday, August 22, 2015

The August Fire is burning on the south side of Highway 26 - HIGHWAY (BOTH LANES) ARE CLOSED


There is a four-acre fire burning near Milepost 43, on the south side of Highway 26 that has caused ODOT to CLOSE the highway (both lanes).  Visit www.tripcheck.org for details on the highway closure, delays, or detours.

The fire, reported at about 3 p.m., is named the August Fire, and is burning about 10 miles west of Banks.  Four ODF engines out of the Forest Grove District have responded, as well as five engines from Banks and Elsie-Vine Maple RFDs, and Washington County Fire District 2 and the Forest Grove Fire District.  Air resources on the fire are one helicopter and two single-engine-air-tankers.  There are approximately 60 total personnel working the fire.  Weather conditions:  Winds are calm and the temperature is 75 degrees. 
 
The fire has been determined to be human-caused.
 
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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.