Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-17-15

The last in the current series of weather systems will move through the Pacific Northwest today continuing the cloudy and cool weather regime. More areas of wetting rain are expected across much of the region. Conditions are expected warm and dry Friday and into the weekend, so please be careful with any activity that could start a fire.  


All evacuation level notifications for communities surrounding the Dry Gulch Fire have been lifted. The fire, that started Saturday, Sept. 12, is now estimated at 17,800 acres due to better mapping. Containment is 60 percent. 

Firefighters will continue mopping up hot spots near the fire perimeter to prevent any future flare-ups and spread. Rehabilitation efforts are also taking place to repair the landscape and infrastructure damaged by fire suppression efforts. This work includes mending fences and constructing water bars along bulldozer and hand lines to prevent future erosion from heavy rains.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team is preparing to transition the fire back to a smaller fire management organization. The team is expected to hand the fire back to local jurisdictions at the end of shift Friday, and travel back to their respective home units Saturday. There are currently 216 personnel assigned to the fire consisting of 48 overhead, six 20-person crews, 15 fire engines,two bulldozers, one water tender and one helicopter. Total suppression costs to date are estimated at $1.5 million.
The 110,442-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now 90 percent contained and estimated at 110,442 acres. Scattered rain showers tracked over the fire area yesterday, delivering around 0.1 inch of precipitation. There are now 189 personnel staffing the fire. Resources include: five crews, six fire engines, two bulldozers. 
The 76,475-acre Grizzly Bear Complex burning in grass and timber 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District is 44 percent contained. The Complex is currently staffed with 320 total personnel. Resources include five hand crews and 16 fire engines. Spike camps are moving out; management of the Complex is going back to the Pomeroy and Walla Walla Ranger Districts.  
The National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is now estimated at 20,945 acres and is 85 percent contained. Of total fire size, 13, 227 acres are in Crater Lake National Park boundaries and it is the largest fire in the park's history. Minimal fire activity due to precipitation. The fire is currently staffed with 170 total personnel.
About this Update
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands west of the Cascades, and also works closely with partner firefighting agencies.


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Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% 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.