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, June 30, 2016

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update | Thursday, June 30, 2016

FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER:Public Use Restrictions are being implemented / increasing on various ODF districts throughout the state, often including restrictions on fireworks on ODF-protected lands.  Be sure to know what restrictions are in place where you are working or recreating.  Enjoy celebrating our nation's 240th birthday during the upcoming holiday week-end, but please be safe out there.


NEW FIRES (10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours):

Ferguson Creek Fire (Western Lane District): The Ferguson Creek Fire was reported on Wednesday, June 29, burning approximately six miles southwest of Monroe.  By that late afternoon / early evening, the fire was controlled at 25 acres. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.

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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 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.

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

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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. 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.