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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-21-15

Fire activity should remain at low levels through the week under the influence of a stable and mostly dry W-SW flow aloft. Storm track stays just north of the region until next potential rain producer moves onshore on Friday. 

Initial-attack activity: Light with the normal dose of daily human-caused starts. Conditions are expected warm and dry today and tomorrow, so please continue to be vigilant with any activity that could start a fire.


The Dry Gulch fire that started Saturday, Sept. 12, is now estimated at 17,823 acres and 85 percent containment. Management of the Dry Gulch fire transitioned from Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team 3 to a smaller, local Northeast Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team on Friday. Crews have been securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots along the fire's northern perimeter. There will be some smoke visible in the interior of the fire in the coming days as weather warms and dries. Excavators are repairing the effects of fire suppression and water bars are being installed along dozer fire lines to divert water runoff along steep slopes. 

The Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now estimated at 110,442-acres and 95 percent contained. Current fire behavior: minimal with creeping and single tree torching. There are still 150 personnel staffing this fire. Updates now issued every other day.

The National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is now estimated at 20,945 acres and is 90 percent contained. Minimal fire behavior with some smoldering. The Crater Lake National Park North Entrance road and the PCT trail remain open. The fire is currently staffed with 127 total personnel.

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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.