Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Help wanted to determine cause of Gold Canyon Fire


OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY                                                                                                        
SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT                                                                                              

Contact:      
Brian Ballou
541-621-4156                                                                                                                                                          

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting yesterday’s Gold Canyon Fire, which burned 120 acres of forestland south of Selma in Josephine County. The fire was reported at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday alongside Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) near the intersection with Gold Canyon Drive.

Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at (541) 471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.

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Gold Canyon Fire Lines Hold Overnight

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY                                                                                                        
SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT                                                                                              

Contact: 
Melissa Cano,
541-613-6313                                                                                                                                                       

Fire crews worked through the night building and strengthening fire line on the Gold Canyon Fire south of Selma. The fire is approximately 120 acres, 100 percent lined and 20 percent contained as of this morning.

The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. burning in steep terrain consisting of tall brush and timber. The cause is under investigation.

Weather conditions today call for temperatures in the mid-80s. While temperatures and relative humidity are favorable, there is a chance of variable winds reaching five mph.

This morning firefighters will continue to strengthen fire line, monitor fire activity for hot spots and mop up 50 feet within the line. Fire crews will also be walking the perimeter in order to get an accurate estimate of acres burned.

Today, residents on Wildpark Lane and Terrece Place will remain at a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level. Residents on Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level, unless conditions change. The Rogue Valley Strike Team has been released, and the Illinois Valley Fire District will lead structural protection throughout the day.

An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass in the gymnasium for residents evacuated from the Gold Canyon Fire. 

Redwood Highway is back open this morning. Please be cautious while driving through the fire area. There will be an increased presence of fire traffic along the road.

Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found at www.swofire.com.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

High Pass 12.5 Fire final update 08-30-16

Aug. 30, 2016    Morning Update

Contact:                                                                                      
Ashley Lertora
503-338-8442,  Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

As hand crews and fire engine crews work hard to extinguish the few remaining smokes and hot spots in the outer 400-foot ring around the High Pass 12.5 Fire, other resources are being released. Night shift crews are no longer needed and only day shift is planned for today. Resources on the fire today include: 13 (20-person) hand crews, 14 fire engines and 11 water tenders. There are a total of 417 personnel assigned to the incident today. 

These numbers will be diminishing throughout the day as personnel leave the fire and return to their home bases.

Final mapped fire size is 191 acres. The High Pass 12.5 Fire is 80 percent contained. Estimated costs to date total $2.54 million.

The ODF incident management team will spend today working with local district staff on a transition plan. A few resources - one hand crew, two fire engines, one water tender and one excavator - will be under the supervision of district personnel to keep working and patrolling this fire. This allows for local district personnel to be available for initial attack on any new starts.

The team will transfer command of the suppression operation to the local district Wednesday. This is the final update for this incident.  Further questions can be directed to ODF's West Oregon District office, 541-935-2283. 

For updates follow us on Facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry and Twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-30-16

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires larger than 10 acres:
 
Lasky Power Line Fire
The 11-acre Lasky Power Line Fire reported Monday burning in the West Oregon DIstrict about 9.5 miles west of Philomath, is in mop-up at about 90 percent containment. Cause is under investigation.

Updates on existing fires:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The 195-acre High Pass 12.5 Fire burning 10 miles west of Junction City is 80 percent contained and in mop up. There are no evacuation orders in effect. Cause is under investigation.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The 530-acre Cleveland Ridge Fire burning 25 miles north of Medford is fully contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS
For more info on these fires, visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

Rail Fire
The 39,637-acre fire burning five miles west of Unity is 65 percent contained.


Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances. Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

Monday, August 29, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-29-16

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires:
 
No new fires more than 10 acres were reported in the past 24 hours. 

 
Ongoing fires:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The 195-acre fire burning 10 miles west of Junction City is 35 percent contained. Due to heavy firefighting traffic, there is still a road block on High Pass Road at the west end of Lavell Road. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

 
Fires on Other Jurisdictions:
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

Rail Fire
The 39,035-acre fire burning five miles west of Unity is 60 percent contained.

High Pass 12.5 Fire: Cooler, damp weather aids firefighters

August 29, 2016 morning update

Contact:                                                                                      
Ashley Lertora
503)-338-8442, Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

“Don’t plan on the forecasted rain to put out this fire out. It’s you guys that will put this fire out,” said Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock to the day-shift firefighters at the 5:30 a.m. briefing today.

The crews have made tremendous progress in mopping up this fire 10 miles west of Junction City. They spent the last several days working to extinguish all smokes around the rim of the fire.  In most places crews have created a 200-foot zone and are working towards 400 feet.

BLM resources advisors are finalizing plans to repair the federal lands affected by this fire. This includes pull-back of any bulldozer berms and installation of water bars to direct water off skid trails to prevent sediment delivery into streams. 

All aircraft have been released except for one light helicopter left for reconnaissance flights, bucket drops and transport should an emergency arise.

It takes a tremendous number of personnel and water to cover the fire area and mop up the heavy fuels. Resources on the fire today include: 13 (20-person) crews, one light helicopter, 14 fire engines, one bulldozer and 13 water tenders. There are a total of 417 personnel assigned to the incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and it is 60 percent contained.

There are no evacuation orders in effect.

To date, no injuries and only one heat-related incident has occurred. 

For updates follow us on Facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry and Twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
 
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE UPDATE
Residents along High Pass Road affected by the Level 1 evacuation order can rest a little easier today.  ODF reminds all Oregonians to be careful at home and in the forest to prevent a wildfire from starting.  Weather conditions are better than a few days ago but fuels are still very dry and susceptible to fire.

Due to heavy fire fighting traffic, there is still a road block on High Pass Rd at the west end of Lavell Road.

The High Pass 12.5 Fire is entering the next stage: mop-up.  At the 5:30 a.m. morning briefing in fire camp, Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock gave the fire fighters direction to not leave any hot spots for the district personnel to handle.  Last night the fire was flown and an Infra-red camera was used to detect where the hot spots (heat) remains in the ground.  In addition, handheld Infra-red cameras were used on the ground by fire fighters who walk the burn area. Fluorescent flagging marks hot spots on the ground for the fire fighters to expose and extinguish.

It takes a tremendous amount of personnel to cover the fire area and mop-up the heavy fuels.
Resources on the fire today are: 22 (20 person) crews, 2 medium and 2 light helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 11 water tenders.  

There are a total of 537 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and is 35% contained.

To date, no injuries and only one heat related incident has occurred.

For updates follow us on Facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry and Twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

Saturday, August 27, 2016

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE UPDATE: Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity kept the fire from growing today. The fire is 195 acres and completely trailed. Fire crews spent today working to improve fire lines and string hose from portable water tanks and engines for mop-up operations.
A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for High Pass Road west of Lavell Road.
For public and firefighters’ safety, BLM has issued a road closure at Road 16-6-17 from Hwy 36 and Road 15-6-33.1 from Owen’s Creek Rd.
Night Operations Supervisor Nils Storksen told the firefighters during this evening's briefing that “All the exciting work is done, now the hard work begins (mopping up hot spots and digging out burning stump holes), it’s back to basics with safety first.”

Friday, August 26, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-26-16


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires more than 10 acres:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The High Pass 12.5 Fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning 10 miles west of Junction City. An ODF incident management team was assigned to the fire and will receive a briefing from the local district later today. The fire has burned 200 acres of timber and reprod in steep, rugged terrain on Bureau of Land Management land and private industrial timberlands. No structures are threatened. Cause is under investigation.

Update:

2500 Road Fire
Containment lines on the 2500 Road Fire stood up to heavy winds yesterday and passed the test with flying colors. The fire remains 202 acres and is now 70 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today. Cause is under investigation.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The fire located five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove has stabilized at 530 acres and is now 60 percent contained. Some air and ground resources will be released today to assist on other fires burning in the region. Cause is under investigation.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions:For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Hot Springs
The 313-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning grass seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 90 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Cherry Road Fire
The Cherry Road Fire has burned 35,308 acres. The fire is located seven miles south of Adrian and is 70 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,170-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 45 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances. Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

Fire Statistics
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 525 fires burned 2,902 acres
Total: 586 fires burned 5,240 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):

Lightning-caused fires: 275 fires burned 28,719 acres
Human-caused fires: 484 fires burned 4,520 acres
Total: 759 fires burned 33,239 acres

For info on breaking fires, go to the department's wildfire blog.

Firefighters battling fire, heat in Lane County

Aug. 26, 2016                         

Contact:
Tom Fields
503-983-8897, tom.fields@oregon.gov

The Oregon Department of Forestry has its hands full this morning with a fire that started in the late afternoon yesterday 10 miles west of Junction City. The High Pass 12.5 Fire has burned roughly 200 acres in remote timberland of Lane County. The fire is expected to grow considerably today given the conditions and terrain. Fire officials estimate that the fire is 10 percent contained. No structures are threatened.

Continued hot and windy conditions combined with tinder dry forest fuels have prompted ODF's Western Lane District to call for one of the agencies incident management teams. ODF's Type 1 IMT 2 (Chris Cline incident commander), comprised of 33 overhead personnel and support staff from across Oregon, will receive a briefing about the fire later today.

Currently, more than 200 firefighters are assigned to the fire that is burning in timber and young plantations in steep rugged terrain primarily on Bureau of Land Management and private industrial timberlands. The firefighters are being supported with two medium and two large helicopters, several fire engines and two retardant-dropping air tankers. The district is also receiving support from BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and several private landowners and forest workers.

Fire officials are hopeful that the recent heat wave will come to an end soon. Four ODF districts west of the Cascades imposed Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 today that calls for a general shutdown of all forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Many workers unable to work due to the shutdown will be able to assist the district with the fire.


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2500 Road Fire update - 08-26-16 a.m.

Yesterday’s weather tested the fire lines as predicted, but all three of the containment lines held. ODF District Forester Mike Totey said “They passed the test.”

And the wind and lower relative humidity actually aided firefighters in locating hot spots inside the perimeter by causing them to heat up and smoke.

Further mop-up of the fires will continue today. The northernmost section of the fire (Division A) has several hot spots inside the containment line. Some fire crews will shift from the other divisions to add capacity to this portion today.

Fire personnel will be gliding down the next two days to have the right-sized crews remaining on the fire to support the objectives. There will be crews working on the fire until it is in a patrol status. The fire team is working on plans to return management of the fire back to the local district.  

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are using it for fire camp.

Although there has not been a lot of smoke in the area, current smoke information for Oregon can be found on the Oregon Smoke Blog, http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

The Oregon Health Authority recommends that individuals with asthma, other lung disease or heart disease may be more sensitive to health effects from wildfire smoke and should reduce the amount of time spent outdoors, or stay inside.

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FIRE AT A GLANCE

Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel: 364
Hand crews: 16
Helicopters: 2
Engines: 14
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 6
Total acres: 202
Containment: 70%
Estimated cost: $845,000

Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105

Mop-up continues on Cleveland Ridge Fire

Contact:       Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156

Night shift firefighters made good progress toward the goal of completely extinguishing all hot spots 100 feet inside of the fire line around the Cleveland Ridge Fire. Today, more than 260 day-shift firefighters continue the task of mopping up smoldering stumps and other vegetation burned by the fire that began on Monday.

The fire has stabilized at 530 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Some crews, fire engines and aircraft will be released from the fire today, as there are other wildfires burning elsewhere in Oregon that need additional firefighting resources. The fire camp at TouVelle State Park will stay in place through the weekend and possibly into early next week.

The fire burned on private and Bureau of Land Management forestland five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove. Rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will begin as mop-up operations penetrate deeper into the burned area.

Information about fire activity and fire prevention regulations are posted on the “ODF Southwest Oregon District” Facebook page, @ODFSouthwest, and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

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For info on wildfires in SW Oregon, www.swofire.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-25-16

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

NEW FIRES OVER 10 ACRES:
None 

UPDATE

2500 Road Fire
This fire is three miles northeast of Depoe Bay. Updated mapping shows the current size at 202 acres. The fire is now 20 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today to better secure the fire perimeter.

Strong winds out of the northeast are expected today that will test containment lines.

Fogarty Creek State Park remains closed to the public while firefighters use the facility for fire camp.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The Cleveland Ridge Fire is completely trailed and 35 percent contained. Updated mapping shows the current fire size at 530 acres.

Tactics for today include strengthening containment lines with aerial support and mopping up hot spots along the fire perimeter.

Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90s and humidity will be around 10 percent. This combination will produce active fire behavior that will test containment lines.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in effect for residents in the immediate area of the fire.

Cause is under investigation. Maps and additional information for the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.


Fires on Other Jurisdictions
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

Hot Springs
The 313-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning in grass fuels seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 31 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.   

Cherry Road Fire
The 35,100-acre Cherry Road Fire burning seven miles south of Adrian is 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,510-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 47 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances.

Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

2500 Road Fire update - 08-25-16 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Information Line: 541-764-2202
Staffed 8-5
After hours contact: 971-701-7105

Fire crews had a productive day on the fire yesterday. Crews improved fire lines and prepped for the incoming weather today.

Today’s objectives will be to continue mop-up inside the fire perimeter while maintaining a secure containment line, and being available for initial attack if other fires occur. Goals for inside the perimeter of the fires will be to mop up 100 feet from the containment line. Crews will continue to monitor for spot fires outside of the fire perimeter.

The fire activity today could be influenced by strong NE winds in the afternoon. These winds along with the higher temperatures will test the fire lines. Winds are predicted to be coming from the northeast 8-11 mph with gusts up to 20 mph and will peak this afternoon around 4. Smoke may become more visible to the public as temperatures rise and cause more active fire behavior.

Forgarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are using it for fire camp. The incident command post is located at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station.

There are no evacuations in effect.

Evacuation levels are explained as:

Level 1 indicates that residents should be “ready” for potential evacuations. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 indicates that residents should be “set” for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Level 3 evacuation means “GO” evacuate now leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.

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INCIDENT AT A GLANCE
 
Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel: 365
Hand crews: 17
Helicopters: 3
Fire engines: 15
Bulldozers: 3
Water Tenders: 6
Fixed-wing air tanker: 1
Total acres: 202
Containment: 20%
Estimated cost: $570,000
 
MORE INFORMATION:
Facebook
Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue
Lincoln County Emergency Management
 
Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105

 
 
 

 

Firefighters make progress on Cleveland Ridge Fire at 25 percent containment

Aug. 23, evening

Contact:       Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156
                       Melissa Cano, 541-613-6313
 
Firefighters are holding the Cleveland Ridge Fire at 635 acres. The fire burning on private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands north/northwest of Shady Cove has a fire line completed around 100 percent of the fire and is 25 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

With the help of aerial support, day shift firefighters made significant progress on the northern end of the fire. While the fire is still burning toward the north, night shift crews continued to strengthen the fire line in order to prepare for the warm temperatures and high winds expected by Thursday evening.

The Level 2 Be Set) evacuation notice in place is being reduced to a Level 1 (Be Ready) for residents on Taylor Road and the West Fork of Trail Creek Road, as well as residents along Highway 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Road to address 6481 Highway 227. ODF thanks all of the fire agencies in Jackson and Josephine Counties for their assistance with structural protection. Road blocks and closures on West Fork of Trail Creek Road are still in place as firefighters continue to work the Cleveland Ridge Fire.

As a reminder, TouVelle State Park in Central Point is closed to the public. The park is being used as the site for the fire camp. Please avoid the area due to increased fire traffic, if possible.

The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday, and its cause is under investigation.

Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook page at “ODF Southwest Oregon District,” @ODFSouthwest, and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-24-16



Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
 

New fires over 10 acres

 

Mountain View Fire

A vehicle fire that spread to a hay trailer and then to wildland burned just over 20 acres of grass six miles southeast of Mosier yesterday. The fire was fully contained and mopped up late yesterday evening. Participating agencies assisting in the suppression effort included ODF, USFS and several rural fire departments.

 

UPDATE

 

2500 Road Fire

While the 222-acre 2500 Road Fire has been trailed, the fire remains uncontained. Crews will strengthen lines today in preparation for afternoon and evening off shore winds. About 280 personnel from across the state are assigned to the fire that is burning a few miles east of Depoe Bay. Cause is under investigation.

 

Cleveland Ridge Fire

The fire, located five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove, has reached 574 acres in size and is now 80 percent contained. 

 

Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.

 

Cause is under investigation. Maps and additional information for the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

 

Withers Fire

The 3,624-acre Withers Fire burning one mile north of Paisley on BLM and private lands is 90 percent contained.

 

The cause of the fire is arson. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Specific details will not be released during the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. For information on any other suspicious activity on public lands call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. For emergencies call 911.

 

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

 

For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

 

Hot Springs

The 300-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning grass seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 10 percent contained. Cause: Under investigation.   

 

Cherry Road Fire

The 31,667-acre Cherry Road Fire burning 7 miles south of Adrian is 70 percent contained. It is human caused.

 

Rail Fire

The 32,170-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 45 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance  
Oregon's wildland fire agencies typically battle fires started by lightning or by people's carelessness. But in recent weeks, they've found themselves chasing down fire starts set by arsonists. Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances.
 

Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. Oregon's forests are expansive -- 30 million acres -- and they could use the public's help to put a stop to this rash of deliberately set fires.
 

Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

 

Comments and questions

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.

Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






What we do

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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