Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019


Welcome to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District


To serve

the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic​, and community sustainability.


  • Healthy forests providing a sustainable flow of environmental, economic, and social outputs and benefits.
  • Public and private landowners willingly making investments to create healthy forests.
  • Statewide forest resource policies that are coordinated among Oregon’s natural resource agencies
  • ODF recognized as an agency operating openly and in the public interest.
  • Oregon achieves a sustainable fire-protection system, fire-resilient forests and fire-adapted communities that reduce the negative impacts of wildfires to all Oregonians.
  • Citizens who understand, accept, and support sustainable forestry and who make informed decisions that contribute to achievement of the Board of Forestry’s vision for forestry in Oregon.
  • ODF is recognized as an employer of choice that encourages and values employees, provides a safe working environment, and allows employees to reach their full potential in providing excellent public service.

Core ​values

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our business
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Respectful, strong, cooperative working relationships
  • Involvement and cooperation of all Oregonians
  • Leadership in professional forestry
  • Innovation based on sound science
  • Excellent, efficient, and effective service
  • Individual initiative, effectiveness, and hard work

About SWOfire.com

SWOfire.com was created to help serve the constituents and staff of Southwest Oregon District by providing up to date wildfire information and statistics. This site is focused on sharing information for wildfire operations, land management, and public information. It also provides information about landowner assistance programs and seasonal employment opportunities.

Additional Resources

SWOfire.com provides up-to-date information about wildfires occurring on Bureau of Land Management and private ownerships in Jackson and Josephine Counties. For additional information about wildfires outside of our protection jurisdiction, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

During a wildfire, the Oregon Department of Forestry works to hard to insure that the constituents of our District have access to the most up-to-date information about about the status of evacuations in place. However, due to the extremely dynamic nature of wildfires, these evacuations are often subject to change without advanced notice. To verify the status of current evacuations, please, contact your county’s sheriff office.

For a full list of employment opportunities with the Oregon Department of Foresty, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Jobs.aspx


Southwest Oregon District

Medford Unit

5286 Table Rock Rd
Central Point, OR 97502
(541) 664-3328

Grants Pass Unit

5375 Monument Dr
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 474-3152

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Are you going to cover the fire near Canyonville? That started sometime in late afternoon I think. Very bad air here in Grants Pass.

    1. Right now that for is just developing. A team is ordered and is due to in brief at days creek school at 6. As more info and maps come available I will put them up. You can also Google “DFPA” to get the latest news since they are the agency in charge.

  2. How do you access lightening strike maps for recent storms? The link now requires a password. Why is this? How can the public access this information?

    1. First, my apologies for the delayed response. We have been keeping very busy, but your comments are important to us!

      ODF has changed the way we do lightning maps. Starting this year, we have purchased lightning strike data directly from Vaisala, a weather observation and monitoring company. The result is more accurate and more reliable data for our firefighting resources. An unfortunate tradeoff is that we are no longer at liberty to share this proprietary data with the public as per the terms of our licensing agreement.

      However, I can tell you have lightning has been consistent and uniform throughout Jackson and Josephine County for the past several days, with the largest concentration of strikes occurring in NW Jackson County by Prospect and Butte Falls.

      If you’re curious, I encourage you to seek out lightning tracker services that are in the public domain. The National Weather Service of NOAA is an excellent resource. Blitzortung.org is a free, public lightning tracker project with cataloged historic data and real time tracking ability. Weatherbug.com offers a similar service.

  3. Would you PLEASE give access to “Current Fire Information” on your website, WITHOUT having to enter a “password” to get into your site. ODF’s site has no Taylor Creek Fire News, whatsoever. I am a few miles, and down-wind, from the Taylor Creek Fire, and I’d like to be able to get current information (at least twice a day) without having to tie up phone lines calling the dispatcher. I don’t “do” facebook. You are my one and only Fire News source. Right now, I can’t see the trees across the road for the smoke, and I have livestock to take care of.

    1. Unfortunately, we are contractually obligated to protect access to the active incidents page, because we are hosting proprietary data on that page. Oregon Department of Forestry contracts a third party vender for highly accurate lightning tracking data in order to help our resources find fire during lightning storms. Those data are accessible through the active incidents portal on our site, and we are under an agreement requiring us to restrict non-paying customers from accessing those data.

      Taylor Creek is currently under the management of the United States Forest Service. Consequently, there is public information is not actively being managed by our organization. Similarly, we are not storing any maps or data related to that incident on the password protected portion of our website. Your best bet for information is to visit the public information website that has been established by the federal team managing that fire. Go here for the Taylor Creek information site: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6058/0/82487. Additional map resources can be found on the NIFC ftp site. You can find more Taylor Creek maps here: https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/pacific_nw/2018_Incidents_Oregon/2018_TaylorCreek_ORMED_000395/GIS/Products/. Those maps are organized by dated folders.

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