Current situation

Heat returns to much of the state early this week, with air quality alerts from wildfire smoke for northwest Oregon and Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. Lightning sparked a number of wildfires over the weekend, with a chance for more through Monday in eastern Oregon.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-14-15

As this weekend's Dry Gulch Fire in NE Oregon District reminds us, fuel and weather conditions in the forests remain primed for large wildfires. Please continue to exercise extreme caution when working and recreating in the woods.

FIRE FACTS
The 12,000-acre Dry Gulch Fire burning seven miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is uncontained. The fire is currently staffed with 160 total personnel. Resources include: three hand crews, 21 fire engines and one helicopter. The fire was reported Sept. 12. Cause is under investigation.

The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 48 total personnel. Resources include: one hand crew, three fire engines and two helicopters. The fire was reported Aug. 11. Cause is lightning. Some resources were sent to the Dry Gulch Fire Sunday and today.

The 110,422-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 90 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 262 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, nine fire engines and three helicopters. The fire was reported Aug. 12. Cause is lightning.

The 75,475-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 332 total personnel. Resources include: five hand crews, 16 fire engines and two helicopters. The fires were reported Aug. 13. Cause is lightning.

The 16,744-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 70 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 257 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, nine fire engines and six helicopters. The fires were reported Aug. 1. Cause is lightning.

The 1,100-acre Oven Fire three miles east of Maupin is fully contained. The fire is currently staffed with seven total personnel. Resources include: two helicopters. The fire was reported Sept. 9. It is human-caused.

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.

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