Current situation

Fire Season continues as drier and warmer weather persists through most of Oregon. Easterly winds early today over and west of the Cascades will
weaken through the day as the thermal trough moves over the Cascades, but are expected to pick up again over the weekend.

Fire danger has been raised in some districts with increased fire danger. Fire restrictions vary across the state. 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 5, 2018

Restrictions lowered, but fire season is still active

Northwest Oregon Protection Association (Astoria, Tillamook, Forest Grove) ended fire season today.

Fire danger has dropped from high to moderate in Central Oregon District and Walker Range. 

Rain will move across much of the region today diminishing over the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average. Winds will vary across the region as weather systems arrive and depart.

The potential for large fire initiation over the region is minimal due to the wet and cool weather on today and lingering through the weekend.

New Fires

Wilkins Fire
On Monday the Northeast Oregon District battled a 19.5 acre fire two miles west of Ukiah. The Wilkins Fire burned through grass and timber. The fire was aggressively initial attacked and is 100% dozer lined. Resources stayed on scene overnight and through Tuesday. The cause is under investigation.

Ongoing Fires

Klondike Fire West
Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 167,309 acres
Personnel: 525
Containment: 72%
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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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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.