Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fire update - June 15, 2016

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported in the past 24 hours on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands. While weather conditions have muted wildfire activity, the transition to summer is underway and with it a rise in fire danger. Enjoy Oregon's forests but please be "fire aware" as you recreate.
 
FIRE FACTS 
Akawana Fire -  On Tuesday firefighters continued mop-up activities within the fire perimeter, working to extinguish flames and smoke within 500 feet of the fire line. Most of the work is complete, But smoke may be visible from smoldering stumps or burning material well within the fire perimeter. Crews also worked hard to remove the remaining fire hose from the fire line. 
 
Mop-up will continue today. The fire is now 90 percent contained at 2,094 acres burned. The lightning-caused Akawana Fire was reported June 7 burning north of Sisters in ODF's Central Oregon District.. Recent conditions have muted fire activity. But the seasonal transition is underway and with it warm, dry weather that will increase wildfire activity. Please be "fire aware" as you recreate in the forest.

The Northwest Preparedness Level has been lowered to 1, effective June 15, 2016. Among other things PL-1 means that the potential for emerging significant wildland fires is expected to remain minimal.

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Current wildfire info

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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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.