2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Tuesday, August 2, 2016


 
 
FIRES
Weigh Station Fire
Firefighters continued to mop up 300 feet in from the control lines on the Weigh Station Fire near Meacham, Oregon. Afternoon winds were more active than yesterday, but lines held. Goals for the nightshift: Firefighters tonight are to continue to improve control lines and monitor for flare-ups. 
 
A total of 303 personnel are assigned to the fire. There was no fire growth today, however, firefighters were able to map the entire perimeter of the fire, and the fire size is now reported at 688 acres and 35 percent contained.
 
The lands north and south of Interstate 84 from the Weigh Station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park are currently at a Level 1 "READY" notice. A Level 1 "READY" means "Be Ready" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact residents. Emigrant Springs State Park will be opening to campers and travelers Tuesday morning.
 
Travelers along the interstate should remain alert to the fact that firefighting activities are still occurring in the area and to watch out for heavy equipment and firefighters. Please use caution as areas of smoke may still impair vision at times. Check www.tripcheck.com for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.
 
Tuesday's weather forecast for the area calls for maximum temperatures of 70-77 degrees and westerly winds increasing to 8 to 14 mph in the afternoon.
 
Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org
http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.
 
 

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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.