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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Bray Mill Fire burning near Chiloquin

Bray Mill Fire burning near Chiloquin

Chiloquin, Ore. - The Bray Mill Fire is currently burning on the Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The fire is currently 200 acres and is burning on National Forest System land approximately 4 miles northeast of Chiloquin. The fire was reported today at approximately 3:00 PM.

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New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

SALEM, Ore. – Revised rules that protect air quality in areas of Oregon susceptible to smoke from controlled forest burns have gone into effect just as the spring burning season gets underway. The new rules were adopted in January by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, following a multi-year review process by a broad-based committee.

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Check Trees After Winter Storms to see if Removal or Repair is Needed

Check Trees After Winter Storms to see if Removal or Repair is Needed

SALEM, Ore – Right after a winter storm has passed it’s important for property owners to check if their trees were damaged. Knowing how badly wind, ice or snow has injured a tree can indicate what immediate or long-term steps might be needed.

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Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Yesterday afternoon (12/5/18) a column of smoke could be seen over the top of Hogback Mountain near Klamath Falls. Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed that the smoke and glow of the fire is due to a controlled burn of large slash piles related to a logging operation on the east side of Hogback Mountain.

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Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

SALEM, Ore. – Autumn rains may have ended Oregon’s wildfire season but not the risk of floods and debris flows following in their wake. That is why a working group of state and federal agencies have released a new playbook. The playbook will aid local officials in finding resources to help prevent or cope with potentially catastrophic wildfire after-effects.

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2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), which protects roughly 16 million acres of private, state and federal lands, officially declared the end of fire season statewide yesterday, Oct. 29.

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Oregon Agencies Join Forces to Help Prevent Forest Fires

Oregon Agencies Join Forces to Help Prevent Forest Fires

Salem, OR - To prevent further forest fires while supporting areas affected by summer blazes, Oregon Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with other state agencies to raise awareness of fire prevention.  

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Wildfire Update: Klamath Hills Fire

Wildfire Update: Klamath Hills Fire

As of 4pm, the Klamath Hills Fire is still estimated at 75 acres. Although the heat is a concern for firefighter safety, ground crews, with support from air resources, are making good progress with containment, which has increased to 20%. Firefighters will conduct burnout operations in rocky terrain on the southern flank this afternoon to help strengthen and hold containment lines.

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10 Acre Fire Ignites in Silver Falls State Park

10 Acre Fire Ignites in Silver Falls State Park

SILVERTON, ORE. – A 10-acre wildfire is burning in the southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. This area is remote, steep and timbered terrain. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12. Crews from Drakes Crossing Fire District responded quickly, but the small size of the fire and thick undergrowth made it difficult to pinpoint the source before darkness made further work impossible.

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