ODF: Fire Season shortest in two decades

ODF: Fire Season shortest in two decades

SALEM, Ore. – The 2019 fire season officially ended on October 1 on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The last district to end its fire season -- the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties -- did so this morning at 9 a.m.

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RX Burn planned for Crater Lake NP

RX Burn planned for Crater Lake NP

CRATER LAKE, Ore. - Crater Lake National Park Fire Management staff are preparing to implement portions of the West Highway 62 prescribed fire project.

The unit is located along both sides of West Highway 62.  Approximately 44 acres containing roughly 2200 piles are in the areas scheduled to be burned this fall.  These piles are from the construction of fuel breaks along Highway 62.

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ODF: Fire season ends for Klamath & Lake Counties

ODF: Fire season ends for Klamath & Lake Counties

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 2019 Fire Season has officially ended for Klamath and Lake Counties.   Fire management personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District, in cooperation with other local fire agencies and departments declared the termination of the 2019 season as of 12:01 am Friday, September 27, 2019.  “Fire Season” for the area has been in effect since June 10, 2019.

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RX fire activity on the Fremont-Winema NF

RX fire activity on the Fremont-Winema NF

SOUTHERN OREGON - The Silver Lake Ranger District, USFS and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) plan to implement the Coyote Creek prescribed underburn on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Favorable weather conditions have created a window of opportunity to successfully treat up to 213 acres. Planned ignitions are expected to last 1-day.

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Boundary RX Fire complete and successful at 8,000 acres

Boundary RX Fire complete and successful at 8,000 acres

CHEMULT, Ore. - The Chemult Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest conducted the Boundary Rx with great success. A portion of Boundary Prescribed Fire Treatment was conducted from September 13th through September 15th  2019. All objectives were met on 8,000 acres and that the area is open for the start of rifle season.

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This autumn may see more controlled burns in Oregon

This autumn may see more controlled burns in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Cool, rainy weather across much of the state has allowed the first controlled burns to be lit in parts of Oregon. New rules governing smoke may allow more of these burns than in the past. Oregon Department of Forestry officials believe increasing the amount of burning will help landowners reduce the public safety risk from the buildup of fuels in forests, and improve forest health.

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Poker Fire reaches 98% containment

Poker Fire reaches 98% containment

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Significant widespread precipitation received over the Poker fire in the last 24 hours has helped ongoing fire suppression efforts.  The Poker fire is now 98 percent contained with full containment expected on Monday, September 23, 2019. 

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Modoc NF - Fire restrictions lifted, prescribed burning to begin

Modoc NF - Fire restrictions lifted, prescribed burning to begin

ALTURAS, Calif.— The arrival of fall weather means campfires will once again be permitted on the Modoc National Forest beginning Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, when forest officials will lift the forest order implementing fire-safety restrictions. Wetter weather also means prescribed burning operations will begin soon.

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Fire restrictions lifted in SCOFMP managed forests

Fire restrictions lifted in SCOFMP managed forests

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership will be lifting Regulated Use Closures/Public Use Restrictions, dropping the Adjective Class to a Moderate, and reducing the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to a I (Closed Season) for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management and Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry lands effective Monday, September 16, 2019, at 09:30.

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Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Lakeview, Ore. – The Poker Fire was discovered around 11:00 AM on September 15, 2019, and has grown to approximately 15,000 acres.  Fire suppression resources are on scene actively suppressing the fire and additional resources are on order.  High winds made it difficult for fire resources to contain the fire Sunday but with the predicted rains coming firefighters are hopeful they can get some containment of the Poker Fire by Monday evening.  As of Monday morning the fire has received light precipitation.

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Lone Fire reaches 87% containment

Lone Fire reaches 87% containment

The Lone Fire is now 87-percent contained and remains at 5,737 acres. Today as firefighters patrol and extinguish hot spots the primary control objective is to keep the fire within the current perimeter. There are still some smoldering fuels near the line, but this is becoming less of an issue as the vegetation is fully consumed or extinguished.

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Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

PROSPECT, Ore. - Firefighters continue to focus on improving containment lines on the west and southwest flanks. The damp weather over the last several days may have opened an opportunity for firefighters to build fire line directly against or near the fire's perimeter on the south flank.

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Lone Fire: Moving toward full containment

Lone Fire: Moving toward full containment

ALTURAS, Calif.— Fire behavior has been minimal on the Lone Fire allowing firefighters to make good progress toward full containment. Today firefighters will continue to patrol the fire area, extinguish hot spots and improve containment line.

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Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, approximately 11 miles east of Prospect, the Gopher Fire is currently 340 acres and is the result of 5 small fires that burned together after the lightning storm that moved through the area September 5th.

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At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 lighting caused wildfire fires are burning in the Southern Oregon and Northern California region. The largest fire is the Lone Fire in the Modoc National Forest at 5,000 acres. Depending on the amount of moisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for the smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire. Firefighters may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week.

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Thunderstorms continue starting fires on Modoc NF

Thunderstorms continue starting fires on Modoc NF

ALTURAS, Calif.—Thunderstorms moved over the Modoc National Forest as predicted on Thursday keeping fire resources busy throughout the day. Firefighters discovered 17 new wildfires on the forest.

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Scattered thunderstorms produce nine fires, largest near Gerber

Scattered thunderstorms produce nine fires, largest near Gerber

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – In the past 24 hours, nine lightning-caused fires have been confirmed with the largest fire being the Adobe Fire located south of the Gerber Reservoir. The Adobe Fire is approximately 40 acres, with multiple resources on scene including engines, aircraft, and handcrews.

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Red Flag Warning issued for Thursday, September 5

Red Flag Warning issued for Thursday, September 5

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday, September 5, 2019, for abundant lightning on dry fuels for areas of Klamath, Lake, and Modoc Counties and Fire Weather Zones OR624, 625, 611, 640, 610 and CA285.

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Multiple fires contained, expect smoke from wilderness fire

Multiple fires contained, expect smoke from wilderness fire

ALTURAS, Calif.— A total of 17 lightning fires have been identified to date resulting from the storm last week. Though a large majority remained less than one acre, firefighters made great progress containing the few that got larger.

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