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, July 10, 2018

Klamathon Fire is being fought in southern Oregon wilderness area

The largest wildfire burning in Oregon at the moment is the Klamathon Fire. The fire is now estimated at 36,500 acres, of which more than 1,000 are in Oregon. Oregon Department of Forestry is in unified command of the fire with CalFire's Siskiyou Unit and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.
The command is reporting the fire as 45% contained.

Aerial and ground attack is continuing today after good progress was made overnight, with no increase in acres burned. A major focus is preventing any further spread into Oregon. The Oregon portion of the fire is burning in the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The fire has forced closure of the Pacific Crest Trail where it passes through the wilderness. The 24,700-acre Soda Mountain Wilderness is inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

East of I-5 evacuation Levels 2 and 3 remain in place east. West of I-5 evacuation levels have decreased, with Level 3 evacuations now down to Level 2, and Level 2 orders lowered to Level 1.

About 2,800 firefighters are engaged on the wildfire, with 208 fire engines, 27 water tenders, 29 dozers, 18 helicoptes and 88 handcrews.

For more information about the fire, go to Cal Fire at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2108

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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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