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.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Daily Fire Update for Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Rocky Road Fire off Highway 227 in Trail burned just over 15 acres and temporarily threatened ten homes Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire crews from Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District were assisted by the Rogue Valley Wildland Task Force 2 in the suppression effort and structural protection. The task force is made up of firefighters and equipment from seven different rural fire departments in Jackson County.

All road closures have been lifted, but the public is being asked to exercise caution when traveling through the area. 


Location: Six miles east of Elkton. 
Firefighters continue mopping up hot spots to prevent future flare-ups and spread. The final size of the fire is 62 acres. Cooler conditions and fog overnight benefited mop-up efforts, but some areas are still showing heavy concentrations of heat. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to remind everyone that fire season remains in effect with conditions remaining dry and susceptible to fire starts. Backyard debris burning and dispersed campfires remain prohibited throughout much of the state. Check with your local ODF office for restrictions in your area or log onto ODF's fire restrictions web page for more information.  

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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.