Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ODF plays role in combating the Devils Lake Fire in Lake County

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - A fire originating on U.S. Forest Service land on July 31 has since spread to 425 acres of ODF-protected land and is in extended attack. The Devils Lake Fire is burning in an area of timber, sagebrush, grass and juniper trees about six miles southeast of Bly in Lake County. A half dozen residences and an equal number of outbuildings are threatened by the fire, as are timberlands. The fire was reported at 1,600 total acres this morning.

Extreme temperatures and low humidity in the single digits are adding to the concerns of firefighters, who have been coping with running, torching and spot fires driven by winds.

In addition to ODF and U.S. Forest Service, others involved in suppression include the Bureau of Land Management, private contractors, and industrial operators. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is taking over management of the fire this afternoon.

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.