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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Cool, damp weather reduces fire activity across the state

Last week's cooler weather accompanied by rain in most areas calmed wildfire activity statewide. ODF's field districts worked on firefighting readiness to prepare for the expected seasonal upturn in fire starts. Oregon and Washington currently have 116 private contract 20-person hand crews available for dispatch to fires. ODF's helicopters and air tankers stand ready, along with fire engines and crews.

The absence of dry lightning has reduced the No. of new fires seen at this point over the past three seasons. Fire managers remind the public to be "fire aware" while enjoying Oregon's forests.

2 comments:

  1. It says be "fire aware while enjoying oregon's forests" does that mean we can have campfires? We just need to be extra cautious? I'm doing a backpacking trip to north lake and was wondering if we could have a small fire at night?

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  2. Hi, David
    To check on current fire safety restrictions, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx Clicking on the map will bring up the current restrictions. You can also call the local ODF office. Fire restrictions may change on short notice, so it's a good idea to check right before you travel.

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