Goose 2 Fire burns 150 acres and growing in Modoc County [UPDATED]

Goose 2 Fire burns 150 acres and growing in Modoc County [UPDATED]

Forest, state and local fire crews and 13 aircraft are on scene at the Goose 2 Fire that can be seen from Highway 395 north of Sugar Hill in Modoc County, California, approximately 6 miles south of the Oregon-California border. At last report the fire is 100 acres with no structures threatened. Officials are asking bystanders to please avoid County Road 9 and Fandango Pass Road as there is heavy fire traffic in the area.

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ODF Partnering with utilities to reduce wildfire risk

ODF Partnering with utilities to reduce wildfire risk

Salem, Ore - The Oregon Department of Forestry shared its web-based Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer tool to the Public Utilities Commission this week in an effort to reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines. ODF was joined at the PUC workshop by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Pacific Power to introduce measures utility companies are taking to prevent ignitions or provide quick response when fires occur.

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Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 290, witnessed its ceremonial signing by Governor Kate Brown along with members of the Oregon Wheat Grower’s League. The legislation makes farmers, ranchers and volunteers immune from civil liabilities resulting from wildfire fighting efforts.

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Dairy Fire now 107 acres

Dairy Fire now 107 acres

BLY, Ore. – This weekend firefighters made great progress on the Dairy Fire, completing ignitions.  The fire is 107 acres, with no further growth is expected. Mop-up activities are continuing today.  Work is also continuing on strengthening lines around private land.

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16 Lightning fires burning

16 Lightning fires burning

Firefighters confirmed six additional lightning fires yesterday afternoon.  This brings the total to 16 lightning-caused fires with a combined acreage of fewer than five acres as of last night.  The largest fire is 1.5 acres.  There are firefighting resources on all 16 fires.

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Scattered thunderstorms produce multiple wildfires

Scattered thunderstorms produce multiple wildfires

LAKEVIEW, ORE. – Last night scattered thunderstorms across the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) area produced more than 1,500 lightning strikes in Klamath and Lake Counties.

So far firefighters have identified 10 fires from the lightning activity.  All fires are less than one tenth of an acre with firefighting resources on scene. Three of the five SCFOMP have confirmed fires.

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Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

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Public use restrictions in effect for BLM lands in Klamath River Canyon

Public use restrictions in effect for BLM lands in Klamath River Canyon

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Warming and drying weather conditions have prompted Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District fire officials to issue a fire prevention order for lands within one-half mile of the Klamath River from Keno Dam downstream to the California state line effective Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 12:01 a.m.

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RAC RX Fire Update

RAC RX Fire Update

CHEMULT, Ore. – Last night fire crews successfully ignited 360 acres of the RAC prescribed fire project on the Chemult Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, south of State Highway 138 between mileposts 95 and 92 west of Diamond Lake Junction.

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Upcoming prescribed fire activity on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

Upcoming prescribed fire activity on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

Due to recent wet weather, firefighters are able to resume prescribed fire operations on the Fremont-Winema National Forest as conditions allow. 

On the Lakeview Ranger District, work on the West Drews prescribed fire will be continuing starting Saturday, June 8.  Located near Forest Road 3940 and Secret Valley, the goal is to treat up to 600 acres. 

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75% Containment on the Taylor Butte Fire, McCarty Fire grows

75% Containment on the Taylor Butte Fire, McCarty Fire grows

Wet storms over the past two days have continued to moderate the Taylor Butte Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Chiloquin Ranger District. 

The lightning sparked fire is 293 acres and will be 75 percent contained by the end of today.  Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Saturday.

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2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

Upcoming and forecasted warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:01 AM on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Walker Range Forest Patrol Association.

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Lightning sparked, Taylor Butte Fire burning in the Chiloquin Ranger District

Lightning sparked, Taylor Butte Fire burning in the Chiloquin Ranger District

Chiloquin, Ore. – Firefighters are currently working on the Taylor Butte fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Chiloquin Ranger District. The fire, discovered Saturday afternoon is burning in a remote area of the District near the headwaters of the Williamson River, south of the Head of the River Campground.  It is approximately 20 miles east of Chiloquin.

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Wildfire Season Approaching: Know evacuation levels

Wildfire Season Approaching: Know evacuation levels

Parts of Oregon are already heading into wildfire season and given the serious season that Oregon, and other parts of the West Coast, experienced last year, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management offers an important reminder about evacuation levels. The statewide “Ready, Set, Go” system is used to notify communities that they are facing a threat and are used for floods, fires and other hazards.

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Rush Creek Estates, Fire Safe Council and Modoc National Forest prepare for wildfire

Rush Creek Estates, Fire Safe Council and Modoc National Forest prepare for wildfire

ALTURAS, Calif. — Community Wildfire Preparedness Week is now over, but that does not mean it is time to stop preparing for the inevitable. Folks living in fire-prone ecosystems know the work they put in ahead of time can reduce the impacts of damaging wildfire.

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Walden introduces bill to improve forest management, reduce wildfire risk in Oregon

Walden introduces bill to improve forest management, reduce wildfire risk in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Oregon faces a rapidly approaching wildfire season, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today introduced legislation to improve forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires in the state. Walden, joined by a group of 18 lawmakers, authored the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2019, which would make significant reforms to forest management policy across Oregon’s federal lands.

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