Lightning Sparked Fire Burns Near Dexter

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in the Willamette Valley, including a fire burning near the town of Dexter. The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday about a dozen new fires were started overnight by the lightning. Crews say the Dexter fire has burned about 20 acres so far, and they feel … Continue reading »

ODF Holds Public Hearing on Rulemaking

VENETA, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed rulemaking for the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. The Smoke Management Plan outlines the management prescribed forest burning on private, federal and other public lands to protect air quality and maintain forest productivity and health. ODF invites the public for comment … Continue reading »

Cameras Help ODF Keep Watch on Wildfires

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — As the latest round of storms moved through Thursday night into Friday, the Oregon Department of Forestry has dozens of digital eyes closely watching for wildfires. The ODF has about three dozen cameras covering forest lands throughout the state. Each camera is on a tower and snaps pictures. The images eventually provide … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Sparks Increased Regulations

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Backyard burn bans went into effect one month ago, but effective July 15, smoking and open fires are prohibited in certain forested areas. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is adding restrictions to the West Oregon Forest Protection District, which includes forests in Benton, Lincoln, Polk, and southern Yamhill counties. The ODF … Continue reading »

Fire Burns North of Eugene

COBURG HILLS, Ore. — Firefighters are working from the ground and the sky to put out a fire burning about two and a half acres in the Coburg Hills. A helicopter dumped water on the blaze on Friday evening as more than a dozen firefighters worked to extinguish it.  Officials from the Oregon Department of … Continue reading »

ODF Warns of Fire Danger in Warm Weather

As the temperatures rise, so does the fire danger, and the Oregon Department of Forestry is warning residents to be careful in the coming weeks. The ODF says that there haven’t been any new fires 10 acres or larger in the last week, but with the Fourth of July just around the corner, the risk … Continue reading »

Central Oregon Fire Season Starts Friday

Fire season for the Central Oregon District will start on Friday, June 14, nearly two weeks earlier than last year. The Oregon Department of Forestry made the decision after an increase in small fires in the region. District Forester George Ponte said in a press release that the area had seen lower precipitation than average … Continue reading »

Veneta ODF Office Self-Funds Remodel

VENETA, Ore. — The building worked in the thirties, when firefighters build it, but to say it’s working for the 2012 staff is a stretch. “It’s somewhat embarrassing to have somebody working in this kind of facility. The only heat source is there’s a wood stove there in the back. In the winter time it … Continue reading »