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Monday, June 5, 2017

Fire season begins in three parts of southern Oregon

Three areas in southern and central Oregon have officially started their fire season. Local fire protection leaders in the Walker Range Fire Patrol Association and ODF's Southwest Oregon and Klamath-Lake districts declared fire season respectively on June 2, June 4 and June 5. Warm, dry conditions at the end of May and beginning of June prompted the declarations.
Fire danger in the Klamath-Lake District in south-central Oregon is already considered moderate. Unlike the rest of Oregon, fire starts and acres burned in Klamath and Lake counties are above the 10-year average for this time of year.
In ODF's Southwest Oregon District, the fire danger level since Sunday, June 4 has been "low" (green), and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is at level 1 - the lowest level. Lands covered by the declaration include state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Fire season means an increased risk of fire starting and spreading. During fire season, fire officials place restrictions on the riskiest activities. For example, Walker Range officials remind the public that outdoor burning is prohibited during fire season. Check with your local ODF office for specific restrictions in your area or for more information log onto






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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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.

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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.