Oregon Department of Forestry

Disasters & Accidents
5:27 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Yellow Point Fire Crews Brace For Red Flag Weather Warning

Yellow Point Fire
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Yellow Point Fire, burning about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove is now 45% contained.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says crews have run more than 25 miles of hose.  Water is being distributed to the line.  Spokeswoman Shirl Fredenburg says crews are working hard to wet the area around the fire ahead of a forecast red flag weather warning.

 “Low humidity and dry, hot weather… that could be a factor.  But they have high expectations that they’ll keep it under control.”

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Wildfires
7:53 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Firefighters Continue Work On Deception Complex, Start Work On Lost Hubcap Fire

Smoke plume from the complex Wednesday evening, from downtown Oakridge looking west.
Credit Department of Forestry

The Deception Complex Fire burning west of Oakridge is now 55% contained. The 2,000 acre collection of wildfires was buffeted by strong winds late Friday causing the fire to burn near ridge tops, but ground lines held. The Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, the Middle Fork Ranger Station, and some houses along the La Duke Road remain on a level 2 evacuation notice.

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Wildfires
3:53 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Better Conditions Will Help Fire Crews Battle Wildfire Near Oakridge

Firefighter Sawyer on Deception Complex Fire
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

A wildfire burning in the Willamette National Forest close to Oakridge [Oregon] is about 53% contained. The smoke is causing unhealthy breathing conditions in the surrounding areas. The blaze which is threatening a mobile home park and a ranger district compound.

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Wildfire
12:41 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Lightning Sparks About A Dozen Small Fires East of Eugene

A red flag warning is in effect for most of Oregon through Tuesday because of high temperatures and thunderstorms.
Credit Schin Haakenson / Inciweb

Monday night's lightning sparked several small forest fires east of Eugene. A red flag warning is in effect for most of Oregon through Tuesday with high temperatures and more thunderstorms expected.

Oregon Department of Forestry crews are battling a 20 acre blaze near Dexter. Officials say it isn't threatening any structures. ODF spokesman Nick Hennemann says crews are working to put the fire out as quickly as possible. It's unclear how many other small fires were sparked by lightning overnight.

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Wildfires
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Small Fire Briefly Shuts Down Mt. Pisgah and Buford Park Recreation Area

A fire earlier this afternoon briefly closed the Howard Buford Recreation Area southeast of Eugene. The fire is now fully contained. The north side of the area will remain closed as crews monitor and investigate the blaze. Mount Pisgah and the arboretum are open to visitors.

The Oregon Department of Forestry responded with a helicopter to dump water on the blaze. It burned a little more than an acre.

ODF crews are performing mop-up operations. The area will be monitored throughout the weekend by Lane County Parks staff and volunteers.

Elliott State Forest
8:41 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Sale Of Elliott State Forest Parcel

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Logging in the Elliott has been restricted to protect a threatened seabird called the Marbled murrelet. As a result, the state is selling five parcels of the forest to make up for lost revenue.

The Audubon Society, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity say the state can't legally sell one of those parcels.

That's because the tract used to be part of the Siuslaw National Forest. The groups say Oregon has a law that prohibits the sale of state forest land if it used to be part of a national forest.

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Forest Management
2:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gilchrist State Forest To Add Nearly 29,000 Acres

The Gilchrist Forest in northern Klamath County.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Gilchrist State Forest south of Bend is adding nearly 29,000 acres. The Board of Forestry approved completion of the multi-year acquisition Wednesday.

Legislators first approved the purchase in 2010. The State acquired 43,000 acres that became the first new Oregon State Forest in 60 years. At the same time, The Conservation Fund bought about 25,000 acres directly adjacent with the intention of eventually selling it to the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF spokesman John Pellissier says they aren't usually in the habit selling or purchasing land.

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Pesticides
12:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Analysis Finds Increased Timber Company Herbicide Spray In Triangle Lake Area

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The timber industry practice of spraying herbicides on clear cuts to ensure replanted saplings can take hold has been cause for controversy in Oregon.  Now the Eugene-based anti-pesticide group Beyond Toxics has released an analysis finding industry spraying in one rural community increased over a three year period.  

Executive Director Lisa Arkin:

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