Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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.