Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land ended in most of Oregon last week as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settled over much of the state.





























Saturday, August 27, 2016

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE UPDATE: Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity kept the fire from growing today. The fire is 195 acres and completely trailed. Fire crews spent today working to improve fire lines and string hose from portable water tanks and engines for mop-up operations.
A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for High Pass Road west of Lavell Road.
For public and firefighters’ safety, BLM has issued a road closure at Road 16-6-17 from Hwy 36 and Road 15-6-33.1 from Owen’s Creek Rd.
Night Operations Supervisor Nils Storksen told the firefighters during this evening's briefing that “All the exciting work is done, now the hard work begins (mopping up hot spots and digging out burning stump holes), it’s back to basics with safety first.”

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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.



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.