OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY FIRE UPDATE – THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: July 9th, 2015 11:25 AM
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Thursday, July 9, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the last 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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 80 percent contained and approximately 79 acres. The fire is in full mop-up and, with continuing improved containment, firefighters have been released for rest or to other fire assignments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

FIRE STATISTICS*
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 9, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 122 fires burned 1,012 acres
Human-caused fires: 325 fires burned 672 acres
Total: 447 fires burned 1,684 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 9):
Lightning-caused fires: 51 fires burned 501 acres
Human-caused fires: 218 fires burned 1,428 acres
Total: 269 fires burned 1,929 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
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.

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 (Inciweb) website.

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.