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Fire season comes to an end on ODF lands

Statewide more than 800,000 acres burned in wildfires this year - fewer than in 2020 but above the 10-year average.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 9:08 AM

OREGON -- Officials have announced that fire season has now ended on all 16 million acres of Oregon forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The last three districts - Klamath-Lake, Northeast Oregon and the Walker Range Forest Patrol Association - ended their fire seasons Friday morning, Oct. 22 at 12:01 a.m.

The 2021 wildfire seasons in ODF's districts and forest protective associations lasted an average of 131 days, tying it with 2018 for fifth longest average fire season since 2000. The longest fire season average was 147 days back in 2002. The shortest was 99 days in 2019.

Statewide more than 800,000 acres burned in wildfires this year - fewer than in 2020 but above the 10-year average. A single fire, the 413,717-acre Bootleg Fire, accounted for about half the acres wildfires have burned so far this year. That fire was the third largest Oregon has experienced since 1900.

While wetter conditions, cooler temperatures and shorter days have reduced fire danger, ODF reminds Oregonians that wildfires can and do occur at any time of the year.

Officials ask that you exercise caution when engaging in any activity involving burning outdoors, whether from a campfire or burning a debris pile. 

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