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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


September 16, 2015 Update

Halfway, OR – More than 80 residents received good news about the Dry Gulch Fire at a community meeting held at the Halfway Elementary School last night. Fire officials shared that the rain that fell on the fire in the past 24 hours helped immensely in the suppression effort. The fire, now 18,272 acres and 55 percent contained, is not expected to grow much more. Firefighters have started mopping up hot spots near the fire’s perimeter to prevent any chance of further spread.

Evacuation levels have been eased based on decreased fire behavior and threat. Homes located north of Orr Lane are now under a Level 1 evacuation notification (Ready). Homes south of Orr Lane and west of Posey Ditch remain in evacuation Level 2 (Get Set). All other evacuation level notifications have been lifted.

Favorable weather with forecasted rain is expected to continue through Thursday. While the rain is a welcome relief, it is by no means considered to be a fire season ending event. The public should continue to exercise caution when working or recreating outdoors. Fire restrictions remain in place, including smoking, campfires and off road driving. Check with your local fire protection agency for specific fire restrictions in your area or log on to to access Oregon Department of Forestry’s interactive fire restrictions map.

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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.