Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.








Thursday, August 25, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-25-16

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

NEW FIRES OVER 10 ACRES:
None 

UPDATE

2500 Road Fire
This fire is three miles northeast of Depoe Bay. Updated mapping shows the current size at 202 acres. The fire is now 20 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today to better secure the fire perimeter.

Strong winds out of the northeast are expected today that will test containment lines.

Fogarty Creek State Park remains closed to the public while firefighters use the facility for fire camp.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The Cleveland Ridge Fire is completely trailed and 35 percent contained. Updated mapping shows the current fire size at 530 acres.

Tactics for today include strengthening containment lines with aerial support and mopping up hot spots along the fire perimeter.

Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90s and humidity will be around 10 percent. This combination will produce active fire behavior that will test containment lines.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in effect for residents in the immediate area of the fire.

Cause is under investigation. Maps and additional information for the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.


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

Hot Springs
The 313-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning in grass fuels seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 31 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.   

Cherry Road Fire
The 35,100-acre Cherry Road Fire burning seven miles south of Adrian is 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,510-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 47 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances.

Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

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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 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.

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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