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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update 09-23-15

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 90 percent contained. Mop-up of the fire continues, along with rehabilitation of damage caused by the firefighting operation. The fire was reported Sept. 12. Cause remains under investigation. Full containment is projected for Sept. 24.

The 20,945-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 90 percent contained. The fires were reported Aug. 1. Cause is lightning. Full containment is projected for Oct. 1.

About this update
This update provides information primarily about fires 10 acres or larger on Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. ODF provides fire protection chiefly to private and state-owned forestlands, and federal Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Cascades.

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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 about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity.

Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.