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 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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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.



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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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