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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wildfire knows no season and a list of current county burn bans

Current conditions are looking and feeling more like mid-fire season than early May. Here at ODF, we aren’t letting the calendar distract us from doing our part to prevent and prepare to respond to wildfires – and we are asking Oregonians to join us.

“We are already seeing increased fire activity across the state,” says Doug Grafe, ODF’s Chief of Fire Protection. “With warm and dry weather forecasted to continue through the weekend, and already dry fuels on the landscape, all ODF employees are in a state of readiness. We ask the public to join us as we work together to prevent wildfires and protect Oregon’s forests.”

Oregonians know to enjoy warm spring weather when given the chance – hiking, camping, boating, biking – the options for outdoor adventure in our beautiful state are endless! For others, this is the ideal time for outdoor spring cleaning.
Whether working or playing – fire prevention is up to each of us! 

A few tips to keep in mind:
• Don't burn on windy days. 

• Make sure campfires or debris burns are dead out before you walk away. 
• Keep vehicles on roads - don't idle on dry grass.

For more info to help you make #firesafe choices now and all year long, check out these helpful resources:
ODF's Fire Prevention website https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx Keep Oregon Green https://keeporegongreen.org/


#GoTeam #WildfireAwarenessMonth

The following counties have issued burn bans: Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Benton, Lane, Linn and Jackson. Burn Ban or Not, best to refrain from any burning until conditions improve. #NoBurning #KeepOregonGreen #FirePrevention #WAM2019.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity.

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.