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.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Two large fires burning in eastern Oregon

The following two wildfires are burning on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands respectively:

Owyhee Canyon Fire – The 20,500-acre fire is burning 38 miles SW of Jordan Valley, Ore., on the  Vale BLM District. It is 50 percent contained. It was reported the afternoon of June 5. Cause: lightning. Resources include: 25 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers, 4 Snake River Valley hand crews, 1 hot shot crew and miscellaneous air resources. According to Marvin Vetter, the Jordan Valley Rangeland Protection Association has been assisting on the fire since Saturday. More wind and lightning are forecast for today.

Draw Fire – The 400-acre fire is burning 20 miles NE of Chiloquin on the Fremont-Winema NF. It is uncontained. It was reported the morning of June 5. Winds carried the blaze over a control line and spot fires started beyond the fire line. Cause: under investigation. Resources include: 75 firefighters, various air tankers and helicopters. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Type 3 IMT is scheduled to take over the fire the morning of June 7.

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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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