Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Thursday, September 7, 2017

Further growth not expected on the Horse Prairie Fire

Above: Firefighters on the Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County
continue strengthening firelines today.
RIDDLE, Ore. – Fire managers on the Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County are reporting that further growth on the fire is not anticipated. The fire's size is 16,436 acres and containment is 30 percent. Today firefighters  will continue strengthening control lines and burning areas that were included in the constructed fire line but not consumed by the fire.  Burning these areas, now, in a controlled manner, with firefighters present, will help to prevent an unexpected fire flare-up after the main body of firefighters leaves.  Smoke from these burnouts will be visible from Cow Creek Road but not be a threat to the control line.

Last night the evacuation level along Cow Creek Road was reduced from Level 3 to Level 2.  Road blocks will remain staffed and residents may return without an escort from the Douglas County Sheriff’s.  Access to the public is restricted due to heavy fire truck traffic.

A trace of rain fell on the fire Wednesday night.  However, fire danger remains high.  Warmer temperatures and lower humidity have been forecast to return Monday.

The fire is staffed with 1,087 personnel.  The fire's Incident Command Post is located just east of Riddle.

Smoke remains in the area. To learn more about smoke in the area, log on to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.


Right: People living near the Horse Prairie Fire in southern Oregon showed their appreciation for firefighters with signs of all kinds.

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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.