Current situation

Cooler air should start moving across the area late Thursday or Friday, bringing more widespread showers with some embedded wet thunderstorms west of the Cascades. Precipitation should taper off into the weekend. The potential for new significant fires will stay low across the Pacific Northwest into next week.


Thanks to cooler temperatures, and higher humidity and precipitation, fire restrictions have started to be reduced in different parts of the state depending on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oregon National Guard readies for deployment to wildfires

 
Above: Members of the Oregon National Guard take refresher wildland fire training
before deploying to fires near Crater Lake National Park.
More than 100 members of the Oregon National Guard are taking wildland fire refresher courses in Salem today. The training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy is prior to the Guard members' traveling to help with fires in southern Oregon. The Guard members have experience in wildland fires from their mobilization in the busy fire season of 2015.

 
ODF firefighters have had a busy two weeks aggressively attacking and stopping wildfires all over the state, many of them caused by lightning across much of Oregon. There have also been large fires on lands not protected by ODF. Mopping up the tens of thousands of burned acres is labor intensive and is keeping private contract and inmate crews extremely busy. Guard members will aid the response by helping with mop up operations on the more than 10,000 acres which have burned in and around Crater Lake National Park.
 
Management of the Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fire has been combined with that of several smaller fires to form the High Cascades Complex. It is now being managed by a federal
Incident Management Team.
 

 

 

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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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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.