Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-24-16

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

New fires over 10 acres


Mountain View Fire

A vehicle fire that spread to a hay trailer and then to wildland burned just over 20 acres of grass six miles southeast of Mosier yesterday. The fire was fully contained and mopped up late yesterday evening. Participating agencies assisting in the suppression effort included ODF, USFS and several rural fire departments.




2500 Road Fire

While the 222-acre 2500 Road Fire has been trailed, the fire remains uncontained. Crews will strengthen lines today in preparation for afternoon and evening off shore winds. About 280 personnel from across the state are assigned to the fire that is burning a few miles east of Depoe Bay. Cause is under investigation.


Cleveland Ridge Fire

The fire, located five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove, has reached 574 acres in size and is now 80 percent contained. 


Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.


Cause is under investigation. Maps and additional information for the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at


Withers Fire

The 3,624-acre Withers Fire burning one mile north of Paisley on BLM and private lands is 90 percent contained.


The cause of the fire is arson. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Specific details will not be released during the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. For information on any other suspicious activity on public lands call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. For emergencies call 911.


Fires on Other Jurisdictions


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


Hot Springs

The 300-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning grass seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 10 percent contained. Cause: Under investigation.   


Cherry Road Fire

The 31,667-acre Cherry Road Fire burning 7 miles south of Adrian is 70 percent contained. It is human caused.


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  
Oregon's wildland fire agencies typically battle fires started by lightning or by people's carelessness. But in recent weeks, they've found themselves chasing down fire starts set by arsonists. 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. Oregon's forests are expansive -- 30 million acres -- and they could use the public's help to put a stop to this rash of deliberately set fires.

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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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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