Month: June 2017

Uncategorized | June 30, 2017

Fire Danger Level Increases to High Today

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will increase to “high” (yellow) today, effective immediately. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1 (one). These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest […]

Uncategorized | June 26, 2017

Firefighters Stomp Out 16 Lightning Fires on the District: Recon Mission Underway

Firefighters halted the spread of 16 lightning-caused fires on ODF-protected lands over the last 16 hours. Yesterday’s storm kept the ODF Southwest Oregon District and local fire agencies engaged as roughly 1,500 down strikes hit Jackson and Josephine Counties. All lightning-related fires on the district were kept small; the largest being the Little Battle Mountain Fire which […]

Uncategorized | June 25, 2017

Lightning Fire Update: 9:45 p.m.

Roughly 1,500 lightning strikes hit ODF Southwest Oregon District tonight. Nearly 40 reports of smoke throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties have kept our crews busy over the last several hours. As of 9:45 p.m. tonight, we have 13 confirmed fires. Most of the fires are contained, and those that are still active are currently staffed with multiple […]

Uncategorized | June 25, 2017

Lightning Fire Update: 6:55 p.m.

So far, close to 600 down strikes have hit our area, ranging from the Oregon-California border north to Trail, and Cave Junction east to Pinehurst. Across both Jackson and Josephine Counties, we have responded to over 32 reports of smoke. Of those calls, 9 were confirmed #fires, all under 1/2 an acre in size. Crews are […]

Uncategorized | June 20, 2017

Fire Danger Level Jumps to Moderate Wednesday: Public Fire Restrictions will take effect

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will increase to “moderate” (blue) on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at Level I (one). These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management […]

Uncategorized | June 16, 2017

ODF Southwest Firefighter Receives ‘2016 Seasonal Firefighter Leadership Award’

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters routinely run into the face of danger to save others. We protect our communities from wildfire and act as stewards of the land. But, what about working with communities long after a wildfire is out? This is exactly the outlook and actions of one of our own, Tyler Averyt. Tyler […]

Uncategorized | June 14, 2017

Reminder: Fire Season Remains in Effect, Debris burning is prohibited

As a reminder, last weekend’s rainfall did not lift fire season restrictions. Fire season went into effect on Sunday, June 4. During fire season, debris burning is unsafe; therefore, it is prohibited. Other prohibited actions during fire season include the use of fireworks, tracer ammunition and exploding targets on ODF-protected lands.         […]

Uncategorized | June 2, 2017

Fire Season on ODF-Protected Lands Begins Sunday

Fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Southwest Oregon District begins Sunday, June 4, at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be “low” (green) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be 1 (one). Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land […]