Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Friday, August 26, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-26-16


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires more than 10 acres:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The High Pass 12.5 Fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning 10 miles west of Junction City. An ODF incident management team was assigned to the fire and will receive a briefing from the local district later today. The fire has burned 200 acres of timber and reprod in steep, rugged terrain on Bureau of Land Management land and private industrial timberlands. No structures are threatened. Cause is under investigation.

Update:

2500 Road Fire
Containment lines on the 2500 Road Fire stood up to heavy winds yesterday and passed the test with flying colors. The fire remains 202 acres and is now 70 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today. Cause is under investigation.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The fire located five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove has stabilized at 530 acres and is now 60 percent contained. Some air and ground resources will be released today to assist on other fires burning in the region. Cause is under investigation.

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 grass seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 90 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Cherry Road Fire
The Cherry Road Fire has burned 35,308 acres. The fire is located seven miles south of Adrian and is 70 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,170-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 45 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. Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. 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.

Fire Statistics
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 525 fires burned 2,902 acres
Total: 586 fires burned 5,240 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):

Lightning-caused fires: 275 fires burned 28,719 acres
Human-caused fires: 484 fires burned 4,520 acres
Total: 759 fires burned 33,239 acres

For info on breaking fires, go to the department's wildfire blog.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.