Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Friday, July 28, 2017

Crane Fire is now 40 percent contained at 602 acres


 At left: The Crane Fire burned this ridge at 5,800' elevation. The fire's spread has been checked. Photo by Chad Howard, ODF.

   
    LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Firefighters on the Crane Fire four miles southeast of Lakeview are
    working today to secure, hold and patrol containment lines and locate and mitigate hazard trees.
    Mop up is expected to continue today and through the weekend. The ODF team managing the fire
    expects to demobilize some crews starting as early as tomorrow.

    The lightning-caused fire has burned 602 acres of rugged terrain covered in grass, sagebrush,
     juniper and pine. Most of the fire has been on ODF-protected land, but about 28 acres belong to
     the Bureau of Land Management.

    Warm weather with light winds are expected today through Saturday.

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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.