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.














Monday, August 1, 2016

Weigh Station Fire update: 10 a.m, 08-01-16

Contact: Jamie Knight, 541-786-2039

Fire crews worked through the night cooling hotspots on the Weigh Station Fire near Meacham, Oregon. Weather conditions were cool and calm allowing continued progress to be made on the line with 35 percent containment. The fire size remains at approximately 500 acres.

Conditions today call for warm temperatures with a light and variable wind. There is a fire weather watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening calling for gusty winds and low humidity.

The lands north and south of Interstate 84 from the Weigh Station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park remain at a "SET" Level 2 evacuation status, and the Emigrant Springs State Park remains closed. Residents seeking shelter assistance from American Red Cross can call the Red Cross Dispatch phone, 888-680-1455.

Interstate 84 has continued to remain open to all travelers, but caution is advised. Firefighting operations are still occurring along the freeway and areas of smoke may be present so travelers are urged to be alert. The Deadman Pass rest area will reopen today for westbound travelers but the eastbound rest area will remain closed until further notice.

Firefighters will work today to continue to strengthen control lines and work on mopping up hot spots. Work on hazard tree removal as well as utility right of way rehab are objectives for today. New fire starts in the region will cause increased competition for resources.

Citizens are asked to continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon and federal lands are currently under public use restrictions. Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at
www.bmidc.org.

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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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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.