FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA). On Monday, May 25, at approximately 1 p.m., the Sandy Creek Fire was reported burning in steep, rocky terrain, eight miles east of Bridge, OR, on forestlands protected by CFPA/ODF. This afternoon, the fire was estimated at approximately 35 acres and is 60 percent lined. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information is available in the news release regarding the Sandy Creek Fire issued today by CFPA and posted at http://coosfpa.net/newsreleases.aspx. Unless other updates are necessary, this will be the only report on this fire.
FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 6 fires burned 3 acres
Human-caused fires: 102 fires burned 275 acres
Total: 108 fires burned 278 acres
10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 8 fires burned 8 acres
Human-caused fires: 80 fires burned 88 acres
Total: 88 fires burned 388 acres
Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.*
*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
• the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
• the national Incident Information System site.
For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
• the department’s blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
• the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.