Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ODF firefighters are in extended attack on the Crane Fire in Lake County

 

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - A second day of aerial and ground attack is underway on the Crane Fire today. The fire is now reported at 570 acres and is 5 percent contained.

ODF firefighters from the Klamath-Lake district are battling the fire alongside engines from the Central Oregon, Northeast Oregon, Northwest Oregon, North Cascade and West Oregon districts, and the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
 
The engines and water tenders, hand crews and dozers have been working in an area of sagebrush, juniper trees and pine. Suppression efforts are more difficult because of poor road access and steep terrain.
To overcome the limitations of terrain, ODF has employed air resources on the fire, including four helicopters, four single-engine air tankers and one large air tanker. 

A Type 3 team made up of local resources and ODF personnel from across the state is managing the fire.
 
ODF was joined in the initial attack on the fire Monday by U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and rural fire districts. Several rural fire districts provided structure protection early on in the fire, including:
  • Lakeview Rural Fire District
  • New Pine Creek Rural Fire District
  • Silver Lake Rural Fire District
  • Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire District
Thunderstorms are possible in southern Lake County this afternoon and evening, bringing gusty and erratic winds and lightning. 

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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