Overall, ODF is tracking closely to the 10-year average for numbers of fires at 399 fires on ODF-protected land. In contrast, the number of acres burned to-date sits at less than 10 percent of the 10-year average. Currently 678 acres have burned on ODF-protected land compared to an average for this date of over 7,400.
"Our initial attack success so far this year has been exceptional," said ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe.
He said ODF has responded to fires every day in July. He highlighted ODF's Severity Program resources (mainly aviation assets, such as airtankers and helicopters) as critical in keeping fires small.
"It takes a coordinated effort with our partners in the structure fire service, forest landowners, contractors and cooperating agencies to realize this type of success," Grafe said. "I’m grateful for that partnership.”
Fire risk remains a concern
Oregon’s fire protection system will be tested over the next several days with dry fuels and lightning predicted for much of southern Oregon and the Cascades through Monday. In response, ODF is utilizing the Severity Program to shift aviation resources and mobilize engines to areas where the greatest threat lies.
The following fire danger/fuels link highlights the elevated threat of fire this week across eastern Oregon: https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/fuels_fire-danger/fuels_fire-danger.htm
“As we enter the start of peak fire danger for the season, I appreciate all staff raising fire prevention awareness within their circles of influence," said Grafe.