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Monday, August 21, 2017

Grass fire in Douglas County is stopped at 12 acres

An aggressive and coordinated initial attack by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire and EMS stopped a fast-moving grass fire late Saturday afternoon three miles northwest of Yoncalla.  DFPA's helicopter dropped buckets of water on the head of the fire to slow its forward spread. Engine crews from both agencies and a bull dozer from the landowner then worked around the outside of the fire, stopping it at approximately 12 acres. The cause is under investigation.

Above: Firefighters douse smoking driftwood on
an island in the middle of the South Umpqua River.
On Sunday, DFPA firefighters and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department put out a fire burning on an island in the middle of the South Umpqua River about a mile north of Canyonville. Firefighters crossed the river to attack the fire, which was burning in grass, brush and driftwood. The fire was stopped at about one-quarter acre.
The small acreage burned has been typical of the suppression of fires on ODF-protected land so far this summer.

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. 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.

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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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