FIRE UPDATE – Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through today in South Central Oregon.
The 12-acre Shed Fire about 10 miles east of Chiloquin started yesterday evening. The cause is under investigation.
The 3,424-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 85 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted. For more information click here.
An arsonist started the fire. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Specific details will not be released during the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. For information on any other suspicious activity on public lands call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. For emergencies call 911.
Fires on Other Jurisdictions
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Cherry Road Fire
The 14,500-acre Cherry Road Fire burning 7 miles southwest of Adrian is 5 percent contained.
The 30,273-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 35 percent contained.
The 191-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 80 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted.
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. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.
January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 486 fires burned 1,964 acres
Total: 547 fires burned 4,302 acres
10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 261 fires burned 28,675 acres
Human-caused fires: 465 fires burned 4,480 acres
Total: 726 fires burned 33,155 acres
For info on breaking fires, go to the department’s wildfire blog.
About this Update
This update provides information chiefly about fires 10 acres or larger on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands. ODF provides fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands west of the Cascades, and also works closely with partner firefighting agencies.