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.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Fire Update - 09-11-15

Currently in Oregon, more than 300,000 acre of forest and rangeland are burning. The good news is, firefighters are making steady progress to contain these fires. Cooler weather and higher humidity have helped. But temperatures are forecasted to creep upward in the days ahead, so please be careful with any activity that could start a fire.

Fire Facts

The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 78 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 87 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 418 total personnel. Resources include: 10 hand crews, five fire engines and three 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: two hand crews and 10 fire engines.

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 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: two hand crews, two fire engines and four helicopters.
 
The Oven Fire three miles east of Maupin is 60 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 91 total personnel. Resources include: two hand crews, five fire engines and three helicopters.

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Current wildfire info

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

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.