Moore Park RX burn today

Moore Park RX burn today

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Forestry in conjunction with Klamath County Fire District #1, US Forest Service, and City of Klamath Falls Parks Department plan to conduct a prescribed fire within the boundaries of Moore Park beginning Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

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Protecting the Pacific Fisher

Protecting the Pacific Fisher

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed an agreement that will enhance protections for the Pacific fisher on nearly 184,000 acres of land owned by the Oregon Board of Forestry. This includes the Santiam, Gilchrist and Sun Pass state forests as well as other Board of Forestry land in Lane, Douglas, Coos and Josephine counties.

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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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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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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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Lessons in the Woods

Lessons in the Woods

Gadge Riffle carefully put the seedling in the hole and covered it with dirt before packing the ground around the new tree with his feet.

“I planted a tree!” he told his sixth-grade teacher, Jason Dornhecker, as the class walked along a path in the woods, adding, “Well, I know they’ll unplant it and plant it again so they can show the others how to do it.”

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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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ODF uses specialty aircraft to detect fires after thunderstorms

ODF uses specialty aircraft to detect fires after thunderstorms

Salem, Ore. – With over 14,000 lightning strikes recorded as thunderstorms swept across Oregon between August 4 and 12, firefighters suppressed 88 lightning fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. As lightning fires often start in remote areas, ODF used specialty aircraft to aid in early detection efforts.  

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Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.

Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.

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Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

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Work not yet finished, 'We are still dealing with a fire'

With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.

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Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Favorable weather conditions helped crews continue to make solid progress yesterday. John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief, summed it up during the briefing as night shift firefighters prepared to go out. “Today we had a good day of work, building off good work last night”.

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Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Over 350 firefighters are now working to further strengthen fire lines on the Ward Fire located 13 miles southwest of Keno, Oregon along the Klamath River Canyon near the Oregon-California border.

The 1301-acre fire was started by lightening last Friday when a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. The fire instantly started growing due to topography and winds.

Containment is now 24%

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Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

The Ward Fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.

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Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.

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Industrial Fire Precaution Level raise to Level II and Adjective Class to a “High”

Industrial Fire Precaution Level raise to Level II and Adjective Class to a “High”

LAKEVIEW, Ore. –The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership raised the Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (Partial Hootowl) and the Adjective Rating Class (Fire Danger Rating) to a “High” for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management, Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry, Crater Lake National Park, and Sheldon-Hart NWR Complex lands effective at 00:01 Wednesday morning July 24, 2019. 

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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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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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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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