News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: July 13th, 2015 9:33 AM
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, July 13, 2015.
No fires 10 acres or larger were reported starting on ODF-protected forestlands in the past 72 hours.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(Final Report): Northeast Oregon District – Pendleton Unit: The lightning-caused Table Rock Fire, which started on July 9 and burned in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was reported as 100 percent contained at 218 acres on Friday afternoon, July 13. More information: http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com.
(Final Report): North Cascade District – Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is now 100 percent contained at approximately 79 acres and in full mop-up. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
January 1, 2015 through July 13, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 158 fires burned 1,129 acres
Human-caused fires: 342 fires burned 707 acres
Total: 500 fires burned 1,836 acres
10-year average (January 1 through July 13):
Lightning-caused fires: 69 fires burned 839 acres
Human-caused fires: 237 fires burned 1,809 acres
Total: 306 fires burned 2,648 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 contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, 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.
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves 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 effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.