Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.








Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wildfire Update August 4


Rail Fire

The 6,500 acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity has encroached on approximately 8 acres of Department of Forestry protected private lands.  The fire is 5 percent contained. 


Weigh Station Fire
Firefighters made further progress on the 688 acre fire yesterday. Objectives for today are to continue mop-up operations.


A total of 316 personnel are assigned to the fire. The fire will transition from the Interagency Type 3 team to a smaller Type 4 team on Friday. The fire is now reported to be 80 percent contained. This will be the last update for this fire.     
 

Travelers are encouraged to be on the lookout for firefighting resources that remain in the area.  Smoke may continue in interior areas of the fire.  The fire team and fire managers thank the communities, residents and travelers in the area for their support and patience during suppression efforts. 
 

There is a chance of thunderstorms Friday afternoon through Saturday evening across portions of Central and NE Oregon and SE Washington. Temperatures are expected in the high 80s to low 90s. 


Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.

Liberty Road Fire
The Liberty Road Fire started Wednesday afternoon on private lands 2 miles SW of Dallas. 

Ten engines and a dozer were dispatched to the fire. The fire reached 10.8 acres in size before being 100% contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS

More info on the following fires: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx  

Bybee Creek Fire

The 788-acre Bybee Creek Fire burning 18 miles NE of Prospect is 12 percent contained.

Rail Fire

The 6500-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 5 percent contained.

FIRE STATISTICS:
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2016, through Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016:

Lightning-caused fires: 47 fires burned 2,123 acres
Human-caused fires: 383 fires burned 447 acres
Total: 430 fires burned 2,570 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year)
Lightning-caused fires: 157 fires burned 16,994 acres
Human-caused fires: 375 fires burned 4,084 acres
Total: 532 fires burned 21,078 acres

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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 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.