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. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fire threatens homes NW of Prineville

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - A Level 3 Evacuation has been ordered for residents of the Grizzly Mountain Road area about 12 miles northwest of Prineville where a fire broke out this afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. The fire, which has spread to an estimated 200 acres, is reportedly threatening between 10 and 15 homes whose residents have been asked to leave immediately. Residents of an additional 10 to 15 homes on McCoin Road have been put on a Level 1 Evacuation and are asked to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

ODF's Central Oregon District has dispatched nine fire engines and their crews, a dozer, four single-engine air tankers, two large air tankers and three helicopters to fight the fire. Others responding include the Bureau of Land Management, Crooked River Fire and Rescue, and Jefferson County Fire and Rescue.

The fire is burning in an area of grass and juniper trees on ODF-protected land, on the Crooked River National Grassland, and in BLM's Prineville District. The most up-to-date details on the fast-moving fire is being posted on Twitter @CentralORFire.

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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.