2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Monday, August 29, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-29-16

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires:
 
No new fires more than 10 acres were reported in the past 24 hours. 

 
Ongoing fires:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The 195-acre fire burning 10 miles west of Junction City is 35 percent contained. Due to heavy firefighting traffic, there is still a road block on High Pass Road at the west end of Lavell Road. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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

Rail Fire
The 39,035-acre fire burning five miles west of Unity is 60 percent contained.

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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.