Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































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

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.








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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. 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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