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.
































Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update - 09-08-15

In the weeks ahead, Oregonians will begin to see smoke from a different sort of burning - prescribed fires. These intentionally set fires are aimed at removing logging debris and other excess vegetation. Unlike wildfires, these fires are scheduled when weather conditions are optimal to move smoke up and away from communities and recreation sites. And they are staffed by firefighters and suppression equipment to ensure the flames stay within the burn units. Prescribed burning prepares a logged site for replanting of young trees. And by removing forest fuels, it also reduces the possibility of future wildfires.  

FIRE FACTS
The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 118 total personnel. Resources include: three hand crews, four fire engines and two helicopters.

The 110,410-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 85 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 567 total personnel. Resources include: 14 hand crews, 17 fire engines and four helicopters.

The 75,268-acre Grizzly Bear Complex 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District is 44 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 458 total personnel. Resources include: 7 hand crews, 21 fire engines and five helicopters.

The 26,452-acre Stouts Creek Fire 16 miles east of Canyonville is 98 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 226 total personnel. Resources include: two hand crews and 10 fire engines.


The 11,800-acre Collier Butte Fire 18 miles east of Gold Beach is 70 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 34 total personnel. Resources include: one hand crew, two fire engines and one helicopter.

The 67,207-acre County Line 2 Fire north of Warm Springs is 97 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 383 total personnel. Resources include: 12 hand crews, 12 fire engines and two helicopters.

The 15,458-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 70 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 112 total personnel. Resources include: three hand crews, three fire engines and two helicopters.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
* the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
* the national Incident Information System site.

Online and social media resources:
* department's web site
* department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
* Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
* Douglas Forest Protective Association website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.
* Blue Mountain Interagency Wildfire blog for news on wildfires in the Blue Mountains (northeast Oregon)
* ODF Forest Grove District's Fire blog with district-specific wildfire information
* ODF Central Oregon District's Twitter feed
* Keep Oregon Green website, Facebook page and Twitter feed
www.oregon.gov/pages/wildfire.aspx for fire prevention, response and recovery links

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.