Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Weigh Station Fire update: 10 a.m., 08-02-16

Contact: Jamie Knight, 541-786-2039
Firefighters working the night shift on the Weigh Station fire used infrared cameras to help detect hot spots near the fire line Monday night. This method for locating problem areas near the line, will help firefighter to improve the strength of fire lines in preparation for the potential wind event this afternoon. The Weigh Station fire located near Meacham, Oregon has burned 688 acres and is 35 percent contained today. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters will focus on mopping up the hot spots located by the night shift and continuing the hazard tree work along roadways and utility corridors today. As of Tuesday, news releases will be issued once per day for this incident.

Residents in the area from the weigh station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park are advised that they are still under a Level 1 "Ready" evacuation notice. A Level 1 "READY" means "Be Ready" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel will contact residents. Emigrant Springs State Park will be opening to campers and travelers this morning.

Damage assessments of the fire area have been conducted by fire managers. Two outbuildings were lost in the fire. No permanent residences were lost. Utility crews have been on site to assess damage to infrastructure and make repairs where necessary.

Impacts to travelers along I-84 should be minimal, however drivers should be aware that fire traffic will still be present in the area. Flare-ups within the fire lines may cause brief areas of smoke along the interstate. Check for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.

This year to date, 364 wildfires in Oregon have been human caused. This accounts for 419.72 acres. Fire managers are asking the public to please be aware of fire restrictions and regulations. ODF is currently under a Regulated Use Closure in northeastern Oregon and federal lands currently have public use restrictions in effect. Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains

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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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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.