Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

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,

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.


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

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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.