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Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ODF teams continue engaging on Flounce Fire

Scattered heavy rainfall slowed the spread of the Flounce Fire in Jackson County late yesterday, allowing firefighting resources to gain direct attack along the fire's perimeter in several areas. The weather also created erratic winds and additional lightning that kept crews busy through the night. This morning the fire size was estimated at just over 600 acres of ODF-protected land.

ODF's Incident Management Team 1 arrived late Tuesday and assumed management responsibilities of the fire early Wednesday morning. The team, led by Incident Commander Bill Hunt, immediately began ordering additional crews and equipment to relieve local resources that have been responding to multiple fires over the past several weeks. The team is also supporting the local ODF district with other fires by moving aircraft and crews where needed.

A Level One (Be Ready) evacuation notice remains in effect for residents on Evergreen Drive and Lewis Road near Prospect.

The fire danger level on ODF-protected land in Jackson and Josephine counties remains at extreme (red).

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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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