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. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Central Oregon District enters fire season

ODF's Central Oregon District entered fire season today. Warm, dry conditions at the end of May and early June prompted the declarations. Central Oregon joins the Walker Range Fire Patrol Association in northern Klamath County and ODF’s Southwest Oregon and Klamath-Lake districts in declaring fire season underway. Portions of 15 counties are now affected by fire prevention restrictions:
  • Crook
  • Deschutes
  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Harney
  • Hood River
  • Jackson,
  • Jefferson
  • Josephine
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Morrow
  • Umatilla
  • Wheeler
  • Wasco
ODF-protected lands covered by the declaration include state, private, county, city forestland, as well as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forestlands in western Oregon.

Fire season restrictions in all four areas include season-long bans on several fire-prone activities. Among these are debris burning, and use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition. During declared fire seasons, industrial operators also must follow fire season regulations and have fire tools and equipment at forestland sites where they work.

Central Oregon experienced a drier spring than the rest of the state, leading to an earlier risk of fire than parts of the state that received heavy rain and snow.

“In a large district like Central Oregon, the level of fire danger can vary from place to place depending on a lot of factors, such as elevation, northern or southern aspect and type of fuel,” said District Forester Mike Shaw of ODF’s Central Oregon District. "Declaring fire season is a heads up for people to be extra careful about activities that could spark a fire."

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

As of June 6 ,87 fires have been reported on ODF-protected lands in Oregon. This is fewer fires to date statewide than the 10-year average for this time of year. These fires burned just over 101 acres. More than 70 of the fires were caused by people. Three-fifths occurred in southern and central Oregon ODF districts.

Other ODF protection districts will declare fire season as conditions warrant. For the latest on specific restrictions in your area, check with your local ODF office or log onto www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

 

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. 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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