Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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.


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
Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue
Lincoln County Emergency Management
Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry



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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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