Year: 2015

Uncategorized | December 23, 2015

Measuring Wildfire Season in Gallons

So, just how severe was Oregon’s wildfire season this summer? About 838,000 gallons’ worth, according to Neal Laugle, the Department of Forestry’s (ODF) aviation unit manager. That’s how much liquid retardant the department’s air tankers dumped on fires in 2015. And that figure doesn’t include the thousands of gallons of straight water dropped by ODF […]

Uncategorized | December 23, 2015

2015 Rogue Valley Christmas Light Displays

Need a map to go look at Christmas lights this year? I have made up a mobile friendly version that will work in Google Maps. Thanks to the Mail Tribune for assembling all these. Click Here for the Mobile Map!!! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

Uncategorized | December 10, 2015

Funding Available for Ashland-Area Landowners for Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Projects

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces funding available to help private non-industrial forest landowners in the Ashland watershed reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve the overall health of their forests.Eligible landowners may receive payments from NRCS to implement forestry practices on their land, such as pre-commercial thinning, tree and shrub pruning, slash […]

Uncategorized | December 7, 2015

Committee Looks at State’s Future Wildfire Suppression Challenges

Oregon experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon’s forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the state’s “complete and coordinated fire protection system.”Seeking ideas to address these challenges, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) initiated a Fire Program […]

Uncategorized | November 23, 2015

Oregon’s Coordinated Wildfire System Pays Dividends in 2015 Fire Season

In 2015, a witches’ brew of drought, hot weather and dry lightning spawned more than 2,000 wildfires across Oregon that consumed some 631,000 acres of forest and rangeland. In a massive coordinated effort, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and its local and federal partners fought back, stopping hundreds of new fire starts at small […]

Uncategorized | November 2, 2015

Winds Cause Several Wildfires on Saturday

Gusty winds on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, pushed several burning piles of debris into wildfires. The largest wildfire was the 55-acre Dunn Butte Fire, south of Ashland near Hwy 66. Other fires included: A 12-acre fire near Cloverlawn Drive, between Grants Pass and Murphy; An 11-acre fire in the Dark Hollow Rd area, south of […]

Uncategorized | October 28, 2015

Fire Season Ends Today on ODF-Protected Lands

Rain has brought an end to fire season today on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. All public regulated use and industrial fire prevention regulations have been terminated as of 7:00 a.m. today.The fire danger level is “low” (green).

Uncategorized | October 19, 2015

Rain Brings Fire Danger Down to Moderate

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District dropped to “moderate” (blue) today due to rain. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is 1 (one).Fire season remains in effect but many fire prevention regulations have been removed.It is now all right to have campfires outside of designated […]

Uncategorized | October 15, 2015

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Decreases Public Use Restrictions in Most Forest Areas

At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, campfire restrictions will be lifted for most lands administered by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. While conditions are still dry, fire danger has decreased enough for Forest visitors to resume having campfires. Additionally, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will decrease to a Level 1.IFPL 1 (one) will also […]

Uncategorized | October 14, 2015

ODF Firefighters Tackle Wildfire on Willits Ridge

[ Update 2:54 p.m.: Engine crews have knocked down the fire. One helicopter has been released from the fire and one engine from the U.S. Forest Service has been added to the suppression force. Lots of mop-up to do. ]Oregon Department of Forestry Medford Unit firefighters are converging on a small wildfire reported this afternoon […]