News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through today.
The 3,424-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 65 percent contained. An arsonist started the fire. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. Evacuation notices in effect. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.
Fires on Other Jurisdictions
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center at http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/.
The 29,097-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 30 percent contained.
The 191-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 60 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted.
Rim Reservoir Fire
The 669-acre Rim Reservoir Fire burning 23 miles east of Burns Junction is 80 percent contained. This is the last report, unless significant activity occurs.
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: 256 fires burned 28,234 acres
Human-caused fires: 449 fires burned 4,393 acres
Total: 705 fires burned 32,627 acres
For info on breaking fires, go to the department’s wildfire blog.