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, September 20, 2016

Fire danger lowered to HIGH in Klamath-Lake District

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Contact: Randall Baley
541-883-5681


Klamath Falls - The Oregon Department of Forestry has decreased the fire danger level from Extreme to High in the Klamath-Lake District, effective Sept. 20. However, the district remains in fire season, which means the regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations remain in effect.

“With the forecasted weather for the upcoming weekend and week, we will stay in Closed Fire Season and Public Regulated Use Closure restrictions. The public has done an awesome job this season being considerate of the landowners that have allowed the usage of their properties and by following the regulations that were in effect,” said Randall Baley, Unit Forester.

The best protection measures are always preventative measures. Residents and visitors to Klamath and Lake Counties have been very responsible in their use of Fire Safe Practices, he said. 
 
"Let's continue to not let our guard down. Be sure to follow any restrictions put in place and other general fire prevention measures to decrease the chance of or the spread of a wildfire."

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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.