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Friday, July 6, 2018

ODF Fire Update: July 6, 2018

Oregon's 2018 Fire Season well underway

With fire on the landscape and dry conditions in the forecast, the 2018 fire season is well underway. ODF is seeing continued success with initial attack on new fires, keeping the majority of new starts under 10 acres and preventing further loss.
All ODF districts and protective associations are officially in fire season, with regulated use effective in the majority of these districts. Due to variations in terrain and conditions, restrictions differ by district, with sky lanterns prohibited year-round in Oregon. For more information on restrictions or closures in a specific area, visit ODF's website. 

The Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service for much of central and south-central Oregon remains in effect through 9 p.m. this evening. 

Fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties remains at high (yellow).

Recent ODF wildfires

Atlantic Ave Fire - Southwest Oregon District
Ignition Date: July 5
Acres burned: 115
Status: 100% lined, in mop-up
Location: White City, OR
Structures lost: 5
Cause: Human caused

Lobster Creek Fire - Coos Forest Protective Association
Delegated authority: ODF Incident
Management Team 3
Ignition date: July 1
Acres burned: approximately 397
Personnel: 275
Status: 100% lined, 55% containment, in mop-up
Location: 12 miles northeast of Gold Beach, OR in Curry County
Cause: Under investigation

Bryant Fire - Klamath Lake District
Ignition date: July 4
Acres burned: 32
Status: 100% contained, in mop-up
Location: 5 miles south of Bonanza , OR
Cause: Under investigation

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Current wildfire info

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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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.