2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Monday, August 3, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, August 3, 2015.


Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire July 30. The fire, burning on DFPA-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, is estimated this morning at approximately 1,674 acres and 20 percent contained.   While no homes are currently threatened, a precautionary-only Level I (GET READY) evacuation notice is in place for some residents in the area should the need arise to leave.  Highway 138 is being managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing Fire:
PH:  541-496-0902

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  The Stouts Fire, reported July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo on forestlands protected by DFPA, is currently estimated at slightly more than 15,000 acres and approximately 5 percent contained.  The fire is being managed under a joint incident comment between Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1, the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, and the U.S. Forest Service, with approximately 1400 fire personnel fighting the fire.  The fire is burning on a mix of private forestlands, Bureau of Land Management Lands, and U.S. National Forest lands – approximately one-third of the total on each type of ownership.  Today, there are 317 structures under Evacuation Levels 1 and 2 (Ready, Set); no Level 3 (Go) evacuations are currently in place.

Fire information for the Stouts Fire:
PH: 541-825-3724
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoutsFire

E-mail: StoutsFire@gmail.com


The Phillips Creek Fire was reported Saturday afternoon, August 1, seven miles northwest of Elgin near Indian Point.  The fire has now burned an estimated 800 acres of brush, grass, slash and heavy timber predominantly in the Phillips Creek Drainage on both the Umatilla National Forest and adjacent private lands. The fire is 0% contained and the cause is under investigation.  Union County has issued a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation notice to some residents in the area and road closures are in effect.  Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett Fillis), will assume management of the fire this afternoon, with an Incident Command Post set up at the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Grounds.  Interagency resources on scene Sunday included air attack, multiple helicopter and air tanker support, eight Type 2 Initial Attack crews, 13 engines, seven water tenders, and overhead support.  Over 200 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire.  Additional resources are on order.

Fire Information for the Phillips Creek Fire:



News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:

This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.


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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.


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