FIRE UPDATE – Wednesday, June 15, 2016

While recent conditions have muted wildfire activity, the transition to summer is underway and with it a rise in fire danger. Enjoy Oregon’s forests but please be “fire aware” as you recreate.

Fire Facts

Akawana Fire –  On Tuesday firefighters continued mop-up activities within the fire perimeter, working to extinguish flames and smoke within 500 feet of the fire line. Most of the work is complete, But smoke may be visible from smoldering stumps or burning material well within the fire perimeter. Crews also worked hard to remove the remaining fire hose from the fire line.
Mop-up will continue today. The fire is now 90 percent contained at 2,094 acres burned. The lightning-caused Akawana Fire was reported June 7 burning north of Sisters in ODF’s Central Oregon District.

Fire statistics
(For the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry)
Jan. 1 – June 15, 2016
Lightning-caused: 27 fires burned 2,124 acre
Human-caused: 130 fires burned 131 acres
Total: 157 fires burned 2,255 acres

10-year average
Lightning-caused: 26 fires burned 31 acres
Human-caused: 124 fires burned 1,143 acres
Total: 150 fires burned 1,174 acres

About this Update

This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands west of the Cascades, and also works closely with partner firefighting agencies.