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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Forest Officer John Deegan with the Oregon Department of Forestry points out flames on the Hemlock Fire to a member of the Siuslaw Valley Fire. Firefighters kept the blaze in western Lane County to 25 acres, sparing nearby homes.
Photo courtesy of A.J. Hudgik, ODF Veneta District Office

Firefighters tackle two early fires in Southwest Oregon Area


Firefighters are mopping up Honey Creek Fire in Douglas County

Firefighters in southern Oregon are aggressively mopping up a fire that broke out May 26 about nine miles northeast of Glide. The Honey Creek Fire was initially responded to by Douglas Forest Protective Association firefighters, who worked over the weekend constructing a fire trail in the steep, rocky hillside where the fire was located.  The job was made more difficult because access to nearby water sources was limited due to snow drifts which are still present on some roads in the area. 

As of 1 p.m. May 30 the fire had burned 54 acres and was reported as 80% contained.  DFPA was assisted in suppression efforts on the Honey Creek Fire by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Umpqua National Forest and the private landowner.

No structures were threatened by the blaze, which occurred in a remote part of Douglas County.  The cause of the Honey Creek Fire is currently under investigation. 


Homes threatened by Hemlock Fire in western Lane County have been spared

In western Lane County, a fire that started on May 26 burned 25 acres before being reported contained over the weekend. The Hemlock Fire broke out in an area north of Honeyman State Park and just south of Florence, Ore. The fire had been threatening homes in the area but no structures were damaged.

The Hemlock Fire was responded to by ODF’s Veneta Office in the Western Lane District assisted by Coos Forest Protective Association, Siuslaw Valley Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and inmates from Shutter Creek Correctional Institute who have been trained as wildland firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Comments and questions

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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 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.

What we do

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.


About Me

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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.