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Sunday, June 9, 2019

More of Oregon enters fire season this week

Conditions are warming up, which means fuels are drying out.

With drier, hotter weather moving through Oregon, more ODF-protected lands will be entering fire season this week. ODF's website has a map where you can check fire restrictions in your area.

On Monday, June 10, ODF's Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake Districts along with Walker Range Fire Protection Association enter fire season, with Douglas Fire Protection Association following on Tuesday, June 11. ODF's Southwest Oregon District entered fire season on June 1. All told, these declarations cover state-protected lands in these counties:
  • Crook
  • Douglas
  • Deschutes
  • Grant
  • Harney
  • Hood River
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Morrow
  • Wasco
  • Wheeler
Southwest Oregon District (Jackson and Josephine counties) is in regulated use, which adds additional restrictions in the interest of fire prevention. The Klamath River corridor in Klamath-Lake District will also be in regulated use.

To learn fire restrictions for a particular area, visit the ODF Fire Restrictions page, with interactive maps for public and industrial uses. 

We have already seen increased fire activity across the state. Even if your area is not in fire season, check the conditions, not the calendar: Fires can spread anytime of year. Please consider factors such as temperature, wind, humidity and flammable materials before burning or undertaking other activities that can cause or spread a fire.

Your local ODF office can answer questions about current fire restrictions in your area. 

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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.