Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Residents along High Pass Road affected by the Level 1 evacuation order can rest a little easier today.  ODF reminds all Oregonians to be careful at home and in the forest to prevent a wildfire from starting.  Weather conditions are better than a few days ago but fuels are still very dry and susceptible to fire.

Due to heavy fire fighting traffic, there is still a road block on High Pass Rd at the west end of Lavell Road.

The High Pass 12.5 Fire is entering the next stage: mop-up.  At the 5:30 a.m. morning briefing in fire camp, Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock gave the fire fighters direction to not leave any hot spots for the district personnel to handle.  Last night the fire was flown and an Infra-red camera was used to detect where the hot spots (heat) remains in the ground.  In addition, handheld Infra-red cameras were used on the ground by fire fighters who walk the burn area. Fluorescent flagging marks hot spots on the ground for the fire fighters to expose and extinguish.

It takes a tremendous amount of personnel to cover the fire area and mop-up the heavy fuels.
Resources on the fire today are: 22 (20 person) crews, 2 medium and 2 light helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 11 water tenders.  

There are a total of 537 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and is 35% contained.

To date, no injuries and only one heat related incident has occurred.

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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.