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 26, 2018

Fire update for Oct. 26, 2018

Fire season still in effect
  • Douglas FPA (will terminate Sunday, October 28)
  • Southwest Oregon
Fire season no longer in effect
  • Northwest Oregon (Astoria, Tillamook, Forest Grove): Oct. 5
  • Northeast Oregon: Oct. 12
  • Central Oregon: Oct. 12
  • Walker Range FPA: Oct. 12
  • Klamath Lake: Oct. 12
  • West Oregon: Oct. 26
  • North Cascade: Oct. 26
  • South Cascade: Oct. 26
  • Western Lane: Oct. 26
  • Coos FPA: Oct. 26
New Fires

Pile Fire (1012 Fire)
Location: Northeast Oregon/Wallowa, north of Troy
The Pile Fire, previously known as the 1210 Fire,
burned 27 acres last weekend.
 
Acres burned: 27 acres
Containment: 100%
Ignition: Oct. 19, 2018
Cause: Under investigation

Pile Fire burned 27 acres was creeping and smoldering in timber and grass. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff also responded to the incident and were assisting with suppression. This is a stark reminder of fuel conditions across the district. Remember to continue to be cautious with fire as fuel conditions can change rapidly this time of year. 

Ongoing Fires

Klondike Fire West
Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 174,446 acres
Personnel: 512
Containment: 75%
More information:

Klondike Fire West had minimal fire activity again yesterday. All the spot fires are contained and in patrol status. Fire spread is expected to be minimal over the weekend. Level 2 (Be set) evacuations orders are in effect.

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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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