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.

Monday, June 6, 2016

 (The following news release was sent out today by the Douglas Forest Protective Association).

Fire Season begins June 8 on DFPA-protected land

The Douglas Forest Protective Association announced that the 2016 fire season will officially begin Wednesday, June 8 at 12:01 a.m. on all private, county, state, and BLM lands protected by DFPA.  
The declaration of fire season imposes certain fire restrictions on both the general public and industrial forest workers to help prevent wildfires.

With the declaration of fire season, exploding targets, tracer ammunition, and sky lanterns are prohibited on, or within, one-eighth of a mile of DFPA-protected land.

The start of fire season also means the end of unregulated outside debris burning for rural Douglas County residents. Due to poor burning conditions which have come earlier this year than normal, burn permits for debris piles and burn barrels will not be issued by DFPA or Douglas County Fire District No. 2.  

Those wishing to burn yard debris before Wednesday are encouraged to exercise caution and are reminded to never leave the burn unattended. In addition, fire officials recommend checking any debris piles that were burned earlier this spring.  f not properly extinguished, burn piles have the potential of smoldering for weeks, or even months, before popping back to life on a warm, windy day.

Fire season also means the start of industrial fire regulations. On Wednesday, the entire Douglas District will go into Industrial Fire Precaution Level I (one.)  During IFPL I,smoking is prohibited while working on, or traveling through, an industrial operation.  
In addition, specified fire tools and suppression equipment must be on site and ready for use at all operations. A fire watch service is also required once work has completed for the day.
As fire season progresses, additional public and industrial restrictions may be imposed as fire conditions become more severe. 
For more information about public or industrial restrictions on lands protected by DFPA, call DFPA’s Closure Information Line at 541-672-0379, or visit  
An interactive map with state wide fire restrictions can also be viewed online at

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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.