Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Horse Prairie Fire grows overnight to 2,500 acres

The Horse Prairie Fire was very active overnight, burning an additional 400 acres and bringing the total fire size to about 2,500 acres. The fire continues to grow and is moving primarily in a south, southeast direction.


Above: Nearly 400 personnel are assigned to the
Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County, with more expected.
Eric Perkins, Night Operations Section Chief for ODF Incident Management Team 3, said that the conditions were much hotter and dryer on the ridges at 3 a.m. than in Camas Valley, roughly eight miles north of the fire.

Firefighters hope to take advantage of calmer weather conditions today. Close to 400 personnel are currently assigned to the fire with more crews expected to arrive. Additionally, crews are being supported with eight helicopters, nine engines, 14 water tenders and seven bull dozers.


Level 2 evacuation notice
In coordination with the fire team, the Douglas County Sheriff's office issued a Level 2 or "Set" evacuation notice for residents living on Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek. This includes residents living on Doe Creek Road. A Level 2, or "Set" evacuation notification means residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

There is significant wildfire danger in the area as a result of the Horse Prairie Fire. Residents are encouraged to voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. If choosing to remain, residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

Residents should closely monitor official outlets for additional information. Lastly, residents with a landline telephone number may be contacted via an automated emergency notification system from the Sheriff's Office. That same system can be dialed directly at 1-855-419-2349. Those who do not have a landline telephone and rely on a cell phone are asked to register their cell phone number to receive potential emergency messages from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. You may register at
www.dcso.com/alerts



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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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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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