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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Firefighters are mopping up a 29-acre fire west of Lakeview

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – A fire that started yesterday in open ponderosa pine forest and grassland about 40 miles west of Lakeview is now fully contained, with firefighters doing mop up today. The Gerber Rim fire broke out Wednesday afternoon on ODF-protected land, spreading to 29 acres.

ODF fire crews from Lakeview were joined in fighting the fire by the landowner, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Four single-engine air tankers, two helicopters, at least 11 fire engines, two dozers and two water tenders were used to bring the fire under control.

Below: A helicopter douses the Gerber Rim Fire, which burned 29 acres of ponderosa pine and grassland about 40 miles west of Lakeview before being contained yesterday. Photo by Rob Wood, ODF.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Hot temperatures in eastern Oregon, soaring above 100 degrees in many places again today, are raising the risk of wildfires in that part of the state.

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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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