Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















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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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, 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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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.