Current situation

Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fire update for Oct. 19, 2018


New Fires
Holland Mainline Fire, southeast of Cave Junction, is estimated to be 73% contained.
A big thank you to Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County and
 
Illinois Valley Fire District for partnering with us on fighting this fire.


Stukel Fire
Location: 11 miles SE of Klamath Falls
Acres burned: 518 acres
Cause: Human

Holland Mainline Fire
Location: Southwest Oregon District
Acres burned: 77 acres
Cause: Under investigation

Pierce Road Fire
Location: North Cascade District
Acres burned: 12 acres
Cause: Under investigation

Ongoing Fires

Klondike Fire West has burned 37 acres into private land with minimal growth overnight. ODF, through Coos Forest Protective Association, has been engaged since July. Over the last weekend, ODF added additional resources to support both day and night firefighting efforts. Crews continue to battle numerous spot fires caused by east winds. Evacuation orders are in effect.

Klondike Fire West
Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 173,359 acres
Personnel: 614
Containment: 72%
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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.