Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-10-15

FIRE FACTS

The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 91 total personnel. Resources include: two hand crews, four fire engines and two helicopters.

The 110,406-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 85 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 513 total personnel. Resources include: 12 hand crews, 13 fire engines, seven bulldozers, seven water tenders, four skidgines 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 457 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, 20 fire engines and two 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 16,443-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 70 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 121 total personnel. Resources include: three hand crews, two fire engines and four helicopters.

The 1,800-acre Oven Fire three miles east of Maupin is uncontained, burning on Bureau of Land Management lands. The fire is currently staffed with 26 total personnel. Resources include: four fire engines and two helicopters. The fire is human-caused.
 
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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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. In total there are about 30.4 million 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. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.

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