2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DFPA Fighting Fire Near Sutherlin

The Douglas Forest Protective Association is working on a 30-35 acre fire near milepost 6 of Highway 138 west of Sutherlin. Two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and three helicopters are working the fire from the air to support about 30 firefighters on the ground. DFPA is being assisted by several rural fire departments in the suppression effort. At last report, firefighters were making excellent progress. Structures are in the area but not immediately threatened. Rural fire departments are providing structural protection. The cause of the fire is under investigation. To follow the action, follow along DFPA's Facebook Page here.

Highway 138 is now closed six miles east of Highway 38 Junction.

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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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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.

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