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





Thursday, July 13, 2017

ODF assisting in fires around the state

One of the largest fires currently burning in Oregon is the Ana Fire in central Oregon southeast of Bend near Summer Lake. The fire, which began Saturday, is reported as having burned 5,874 acres of grass, brush and trees and is reportedly 75% contained as of this morning.

Oregon Department of Forestry sent 10 engines to help battle the Ana Fire, five of which were still assisting today. At its peak, over 400 personnel from multiple agencies were working to suppress the Ana Fire. One of those assisting on the Ana Fire is Kurt Donaldson, a forest officer with ODF in Astoria. He was interviewed by Medford TV station KVDR. See the story here. For updated information about the Ana Fire, check the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Facebook page.

As part of Oregon's complete and coordinated system of protection, firefighting agencies throughout the state can call on each other to fight fires when more resources are needed to get the job done. Those resources can be as basic as a local rural fire department sending a single engine to full-scale mobilization of state and federal firefighting equipment and specialized teams.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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, 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.



What we do

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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.