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.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Highway 138 West Fire Update

Fire crews working on the Highway 138 West Fire made good progress today in their efforts to fully extinguish the blaze.  In total, 98 firefighters, four engines, two tenders, a bull dozer and an excavator worked together to extinguish the burned vegetation that is still smoldering inside the fire area.  Crews spent a significant amount of time in the northern portion of the fire where the heaviest concentrations of smoke and heat remain.

Tonight, 46 firefighters will be aided by two engines and a water tender as nightshift crews continue to mop up hot spots inside the fire.  In addition, two handheld infrared cameras will be used around the fire to help firefighters locate smoldering material burning below the surface. 


Safety for the public and firefighters remains the number one priority on the Highway 138 West Fire.  Residents driving through the fire are asked to watch for fire personnel and equipment working near or entering the highway.

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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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