With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-30-16

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires larger than 10 acres:
 
Lasky Power Line Fire
The 11-acre Lasky Power Line Fire reported Monday burning in the West Oregon DIstrict about 9.5 miles west of Philomath, is in mop-up at about 90 percent containment. Cause is under investigation.

Updates on existing fires:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The 195-acre High Pass 12.5 Fire burning 10 miles west of Junction City is 80 percent contained and in mop up. There are no evacuation orders in effect. Cause is under investigation.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The 530-acre Cleveland Ridge Fire burning 25 miles north of Medford is fully contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS
For more info on these fires, visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

Rail Fire
The 39,637-acre fire burning five miles west of Unity is 65 percent contained.


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.

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. 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.