Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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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.