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.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Willamina Ck Fire burning north of Willamina

The Willamina Creek Fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday nine miles north of Willamina. It is estimated at 100 acres, burning on ODF-protected private and BLM lands, in inaccessible, rough forested terrain. Last evening, local rural fire departments in the area assisted Oregon Dept. of Forestry with initial attack. Driven by 20-25 mph winds, the fire was casting embers and starting spot fires ahead of the main flame front.

ODF has activated a local team of personnel drawn from the agency's northwestern Oregon districts. The team was briefed at 6 a.m. today at the Dallas Unit office and is currently engaging the fire. A small number of structures (4-6) have been evacuated, and East Creek Road north of Willamina remains closed to all public access.

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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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