With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spring clean-up should prevent, not start wildfires

May 31, 2016

Contact:
Kristin Babbs, president
Keep Oregon Green Association
503-945-7499, Kristin.a.babbs@oregon.gov

Many Oregonians have good intentions when they set out to eliminate the fire hazards around the home. But the way they go about it may actually start a wildfire. Using the right tool in the right place at the right time is crucial during clean-up. Get any of these wrong, and the outcome could be disastrous.

In late July 2015, the Stouts Creek Fire in SW Oregon ignited, eventually growing to more than 26,000 acres and costing millions of dollars to put out. The blaze was caused by a resident mowing dry grass, with the probable intention to reduce the fire hazard.

Spring is the time to clean up excess vegetation, not during the summer when fuels are dry and susceptible to a spark from a steel blade striking a rock or emitted by a hot exhaust system. Improper equipment use ranks as the No. 2 cause of wildfires on state-protected lands in Oregon.

For more information on doing spring clean-up safely, go to:
http://oregonforestry.wpengine.com/archives/1459

 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Wanless White Fire contained May 13 at 13 acres

The 13-acre Wanless White Fire reported Friday morning burning about 10 miles northwest of McMinnville on private lands in the Oregon Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District was fully contained by 5 p.m. that day. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hand crews from the South Fork Forest Camp (a joint facility of the Departments of Corrections and Forestry) fought the blaze. Resources from Weyerhaeuser and the McMinnville Fire Department also assisted on the suppression effort.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wanless White Fire breaks out on Forest Grove District May 13

The five-acre Wanless White Fire was reported 9:45 a.m. Friday burning about 10 miles northwest of McMinnville on private land in the Oregon Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District. Several fire engines are fighting the fire, and ODF has ordered two 10-person hand crews from the South Fork Forest Camp. Resources from Weyerhaeuser and McMinnville Fire Department are assisting with the suppression effort. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

ODF, Fire Associations send 12 firefighters to Minnesota

A severe weather system forecast to hit Minnesota this week prompted the state's Department of Natural Resources to request firefighting resources from Oregon last Friday. On May 7 and 8, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry sent 12 helicopter crewmen to The Land of 10,000 Lakes. These specially trained firefighters have been pre-positioned in areas of Minnesota likely to see new fires in the days ahead. They will be deployed via helicopter as needed to perform initial attack.

The Washington Dept. of Natural Resources received a similar request from Minnesota DNR and has also provided firefighting resources.

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

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.



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. 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.