Current situation

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

ODF urges extra caution with debris burning

Over the past few weeks, ODF along with many of our partner agencies, have responded to dozens of escaped debris burns across the state. As the calendar turns toward fall, Oregonians are anxious to get outside and clean up the forest and yard debris accumulated over the summer.

ODF engines respond to a 10+ acre fire caused by
an escaped debris burn outside of Molalla.

With the increase in temperatures, dry fuels, and unpredictable wind and weather conditions, many of these burns have escaped and resulted in acres and structures lost. With multiple agencies responding, costs accumulate quickly and often fall to the landowner or individual found to be responsible for the fire.   

These fires are completely preventable and ODF is here to help. For those looking to burn their debris piles, ODF local offices are a phone call away. Another option is the interactive ODF Fire Restrictions Map where users simply click on their location to receive current local fire restrictions.   

Please check your local restrictions before you burn - these fires are preventable!

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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.