With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














Friday, August 19, 2016

Fire update - Aug. 19, 2016


The U.S. Weather Service issued a red flag warning effective through Saturday.

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

Withers Fire - The 3,422-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 40 percent contained. This human-caused fire is under investigation. Evacuation notices in effect. For more information click here.

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

Rail Fire - The 28,209-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 25 percent contained.
Sheridan Fire - The 200-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 25 percent contained. Evacuation notices in effect.
Rim Reservoir Fire - The 669-acre Rim Reservoir Fire burning 23 miles east of Burns Junction is 40 percent contained.
Aspen Fire - The 250-acre Aspen Fire burning 20 miles southeast of Frenchglen is 80 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. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 60 fires burned 2,218 acres
Human-caused fires: 483 fires burned 560 acres
Total: 543 fires burned 2,778 acres

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

Lightning-caused fires: 256 fires burned 28,234 acres
Human-caused fires: 449 fires burned 4,393 acres
Total: 705 fires burned 32,627 acres


Contact: Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248, nick.hennemann@oregon.gov
 

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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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.