Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. 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

Friday, August 12, 2016

Crews to begin demobilizing after fighting the Gibbon Fire

Firefighters were successful Thursday in completing the majority of planned burn-out operations on the Gibbon Fire, causing the overall acreage to increase to 316 acres.  The fire is now 40 percent contained.  Burning has been used to bring the fire to the indirect fire lines to further secure control lines and also to provide for firefighter safety.  

Objectives for today include mopping up along fire lines.  A helicopter will be assigned to the fire today to haul out surplus firefighting equipment and supplies that are no longer needed, as well as firefighters.  Crews will begin being demobilized from the fire today.  At the end of the shift today, the fire will be transitioned to a Type 4 management organization staffed by local Oregon Department of Forestry and Umatilla National Forest personnel.  A 10-person hand crew and one engine will remain on scene for the next few days.

As the weekend approaches and the public heads outdoors to recreate, they are reminded that lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry are under public use restrictions.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

More info on the following fires:  

Rail Fire
The 11,800-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 10 percent contained.
Orejana Flat Fire
The 897-acre Orejana Flat Fire burning 30 miles NE of Frenchglen is 80 percent contained.
Juntura Complex
The 24,301-acre Juntura Complex burning 30 miles SW of Vale is 77 percent contained.

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.

January 1, 2016, through Friday, Aug. 12, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 59 fires burned 2,218 acres
Human-caused fires: 430 fires burned 463 acres
Total: 488 fires burned 2,681 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 221 fires burned 25,380 acres
Human-caused fires: 414 fires burned 4,206 acres
Total: 635 fires burned 29,586 acres

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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.