Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.









Monday, August 29, 2016

High Pass 12.5 Fire: Cooler, damp weather aids firefighters

August 29, 2016 morning update

Contact:                                                                                      
Ashley Lertora
503)-338-8442, Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

“Don’t plan on the forecasted rain to put out this fire out. It’s you guys that will put this fire out,” said Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock to the day-shift firefighters at the 5:30 a.m. briefing today.

The crews have made tremendous progress in mopping up this fire 10 miles west of Junction City. They spent the last several days working to extinguish all smokes around the rim of the fire.  In most places crews have created a 200-foot zone and are working towards 400 feet.

BLM resources advisors are finalizing plans to repair the federal lands affected by this fire. This includes pull-back of any bulldozer berms and installation of water bars to direct water off skid trails to prevent sediment delivery into streams. 

All aircraft have been released except for one light helicopter left for reconnaissance flights, bucket drops and transport should an emergency arise.

It takes a tremendous number of personnel and water to cover the fire area and mop up the heavy fuels. Resources on the fire today include: 13 (20-person) crews, one light helicopter, 14 fire engines, one bulldozer and 13 water tenders. There are a total of 417 personnel assigned to the incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and it is 60 percent contained.

There are no evacuation orders in effect.

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

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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.

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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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