Fire Season Ends
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 3:18:09 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Klamath Falls]¾ The 2015 Fire Season is officially ending for Klamath and Lake Counties. Fire management personnel from the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF] in cooperation with other local fire agencies and departments has declared the termination of the 2015 Fire Season as of 12:01 am, Friday, October 23, 2015. “Fire Season” for the area has been in effect since June 5th. The ending of fire season lifts the ban on Open Debris burning in Klamath and Lake Counties. Check with your local rural structural fire department for burning and permit regulations within their districts and the county health department for air quality restrictions. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District does not issue or require burn permits on lands solely protected by them when fire season is not in effect.
Logging Operation requirements including watchman services and fire equipment on site, in effect on private, county and state lands have also been lifted. “The public is asked to use safe debris burning practices”, stated Randall Baley, Fire Planner. “Even though we have lifted fire season, it does not mean that people should be any less careful, they are still responsible for any fire that gets out of control and spreads. Debris Burning should be attended at all times, done only during daylight hours, in cleared areas, in ‘no wind’ conditions, and meeting Air Quality guidelines.” Landowners need to remember that any burning escaping their control is their liability and they could be billed for the fire suppression costs. Be cautious, be fire safe, be careful. The Oregon Department of Forestry recognizes the efforts of their seasonal and permanent staff in working to prevent large fires. They would also like to thank their cooperators, landowners and the people of Klamath and Lake Counties for their assistance in preventing fires from starting in the first place and for helping to keep the majority of fires that did start small.
During the 2015 season, the Klamath-Lake District [ODF] has documented 98 fires that burned approximately 28 acres. 18 of those acres burned were from human caused fires which falls well below the 10 year average.
Regulated Use Restrictions Lifted -Fire Season Still in Effect
Monday, October 19th, 2015, 9:08:00 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - [Klamath Falls / Lakeview]Despite the recent fall cloud cover and cool temperatures locally this weekend, fire season is still in effect in Klamath and Lake Counties. Precipitation amounts have varied throughout the area and fuels are still relatively dry. All outdoor burning is still prohibited. Fire tools, watchman service, and a water supply are still required on forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power-Driven Machinery. The protection agencies will continue to evaluate conditions to determine when the fire season will end.
The “Regulated Use Closure” imposed by Oregon Department of Forestry on the Klamath-Lake District on June 26 has been lifted. Walker Range Patrol Association is also lifting Regulated Use Closure. The people of Klamath and Lake Counties have been very supportive with their fire prevention efforts and the adherence to the fire restrictions over the summer. The area has experienced fewer than average human-caused fires and acres burned during the 2015 season.
Since fire restrictions and regulations vary for different protection agencies, the public is encouraged to know where you will be recreating or working in the woods, who is responsible for protecting that location, and what restrictions are currently in effect for that location. For detailed information contact the following agencies: ODF, Klamath Falls 541-883-5681 or Lakeview 541-947-3311 Fremont-Winema National Forests 541-883-6714 or 541-947-2151 Walker Range Patrol Association 541-433-2451 Klamath County Fire District #1 541-885-2056 Or your local structural Fire Department
SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 3:37:39 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW– Fire managers for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex, and Crater Lake National Park will start fall prescribed burning. The work is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve ecosystem health. Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes including: • Reduce hazardous fuels, such as forest vegetation. • Decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires. • Reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreaks. • Recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity. • Improve wildlife habitat. • Reduce fire danger to communities.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service work in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and adjacent landowners, to improve the health of public lands. Burns only occur on days when the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Office indicates suitable weather conditions for smoke dispersal exist. Actual ignition days for burns depend on appropriate humidity levels, temperature, fuel moistures, and wind speeds and direction.
Burn projects have been divided into smaller sections of land to regulate fire intensity. A test fire is lit that allows fire managers and resources to observe if burning conditions align with prescribed burn plans. At this very early stage, prescribed burning activity can be halted if any condition is out of prescription. If conditions are favorable, the burn proceeds. Local fire and law enforcement agencies are aware of these burning activities so fire managers request the public refrain from calling 9-1-1 if they see smoke in any areas planned for burning. For prescribed fire information, please call the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315 or visit its Web site at: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- 6 Minutes for Safety
- Thirtymile Fire Final Report
- Ten Standard Fire Orders
- 18 Watchout Situations
- Fire Danger Rating Pocket Cards - What are they?
Weather, Climate and Smoke Management
- Local Energy Release Component Charts
- Local Weather Cams - from ODOT
- Oregon Fuel Moistures - Data from WIMS
- Days Since Significant Precipitation
- Fire Weather Forecasts
- Lakeview Air Quality Hotline - (541)947-5800
Policy, Plans and Agreements
- SCOFMP 2014 Daily Draw Down Guide - pdf
- South Central Oregon Task Force - pdf
- East Side Units Engine Task Force MOU - pdf
- Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (Definitions)
- Fire Danger Rating (Adjective Class Descriptions)
- Radio Management - call dispatch for frequencies.
Reports, Schedules and Calendars
- LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- Current Prescribed Fire Situation
- Northwest 7-Day Significant Fire Potential (.pdf)
- Situation Reports
- National Interagency Fire Center - NIFC
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center - NWCC
- Interagency Airspace Coordination
- ROSS Home Page
- ORCA Fire Management Team Home Page
- Other Dispatch Offices: