Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-22-15

In the weeks ahead, Oregonians may see smoke. As wildfire danger declines in the fall, some forest landowners begin prescribed burning. These controlled fires remove woody debris left over from timber harvest and prepare the site for replanting of young trees. And by reducing fuel loads, prescribed burning lessens the potential for damaging wildfires in the future. Prescribed burns are scheduled when weather conditions are optimal to lift smoke up and away from communities and popular recreation areas.  

FIRE FACTS

The 17,823-acre Dry Gulch Fire burning seven miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 85 percent contained. Reported Aug. 12, the fire is currently in mop-up. Cause remains under investigation. Previously managed by ODF's Incident Management Team 3, the fire is now in the hands of local jurisdictions. 

The 20,945-acre National Creek Complex burning 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 90 percent contained. Reported Aug. 1, the fire was caused by lightning. Today the South Central Oregon Incident Management Team is transferring command of the complex to the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, the Umpqua National Forest and Crater Lake National Park.

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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.