Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Tuesday, July 25, 2017



Photo above: Smoke rises from the Crane Fire in Lake County yesterday. Photo by Kellie Carlson, ODF. 

ODF firefighters are working to stop a 400-acre fire near Lakeview

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - This morning Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters from the Lakeview office and interagency cooperators are battling a lightning-caused fire that broke out yesterday afternoon on ODF-protected land.

The Crane Fire ignited in an area of sagebrush and juniper trees about four miles southeast of Lakeview. It has since burned at least 400 acres and reached an area of pine and other conifers in difficult terrain with poor road access. The fire is being attacked by air resources, engines, hand crews and dozers.
 
Several Lake County fire departments are working to protect homes near the fire, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

A Type 3 team made up of local resources and ODF personnel from across the state assumed management of the fire today.
 
 
Photo above: The Crane Fire, above, is one of dozens of fires sparked by lightning this week in ODF's  Klamath-Lake District. Photo by Mike Leach, ODF.



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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. 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.

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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