Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

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.
 

UPDATE

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 https://swofiredata.com.

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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.