2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

2015 fire season over statewide

All Oregon Department of Forestry forest protection districts were out of wildfire season as of Oct. 28. But as ODF foresters note, a calendar declaration does not mean fires can no longer occur.

A few warm, windy days can set the stage for a debris burn or campfire to escape control and damage the forest resource. Please continue to follow fire-safe practices as you enjoy Oregon's forests this fall. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fires Reported on ODF-protected Lands

ODF Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The Lost Valley Fire was reported at approximately noon on Tuesday, October 13, burning on ODF-protected lands 8 miles southwest of Lonerock.  This morning, Wednesday, October 14, the fire is estimated at 143 acres and fully lined, and crews are working on mop-up.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

Fire Duty Officer:  Jeri Chase; Cell #503-931-2721; jeri.chase@Oregon.gov

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall burning helps prevent summer wildfires

Another severe wildfire season is fading into history - the third in a row. Along with the flames and destruction, Oregonians suffered through weeks of choking smoke. This fall, forest landowners are conducting controlled burns to clean up excess woody debris. Burning when weather conditions are right limits smoke entering communities. It also reduces the risk of wildfires later on. Learn more about fall burning from the Oregon Department of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/Burn.aspx.

Comments and questions

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

The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

What we do

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. There are about 30.4 million total 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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.