FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
Daily Fire Update for Monday, August 27, 2012
With the moderate temperatures that much of Oregon has enjoyed over the past week (after many days of extreme heat), and as fall hunting seasons approach, the public is reminded that those cooler temperatures have not been accompanied by any significant precipitation and Oregon's forest lands remain in high to extreme fire danger levels. There are also several large fires burning in Oregon that have resulted in trail, road, and other closures, and fire traffic may be heavy near those areas on roads that remain open, so be alert while recreating in the vicinity of fire activity. Humidity levels may be rising at night, and night-time temperatures are dropping significantly - pushing below freezing in some higher elevations of Oregon - resulting in the temptation to enjoy a warming campfire. Check on any local public use restrictions regarding campfires, smoking, power machinery/equipment use, etc., that may be in effect for the area before you head out to enjoy Oregon's forestlands, and be fire-safe while there.
OREGON 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 forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry:
January 1, 2012, through today*:
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,504 acres. Human-caused fires: 332 fires burned 382 acres. Total: 430 fires burned 1,886 acres.
10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 247 fires burned approximately 16,504 acres. Human-caused fires: 498 fires burned approximately 3,322 acres. Total: 744 fires burned approximately 19,826 acres.
McKenzie River Reflections