PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – The Oregon Department of Forestry formally declared the 2022 fire season to be over on Wednesday as rain and milder temperatures spread across the state.
According to ODF, the start and conclusion of the fire season are determined by each of the department’s fire protection districts based on the local weather. ODF has announced that the season will end on October 29.
According to officials, restrictions on the use of specific equipment and the burning of garden debris are also lifted with the conclusion of the fire season.
According to ODF, there have been 844 fires on its property so far this year, consuming 34,104 acres. Additionally, the department noted that 96% of fires were put out at 10 acres or fewer.
Incident management teams were sent to three fires in Oregon during the 2022 fire season, including the Rum Creek Fire in southwest Oregon, the Van Meter Fire in the Klamath-Lake District, and the Nakia Creek Fire in Washington.
Data collected thus far for the entire state shows that 1,975 fires had burned 436,772 acres.
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According to ODF Fire Protection Division Deputy Chief Ron Graham, “We were fortunate this year to have adequate resources to respond to fires in our jurisdiction and also to be able to dispatch resources to our partner agencies to help in their firefighting operations.” With Oregon’s comprehensive and well-coordinated fire prevention system, which includes forest and range landowners, local fire districts, tribes, contractors, and federal, state, and county partners, we share in the success of the 2022 fire season.
Additionally, the government reported that 1,918 acres of ODF land burned in 2022, a decrease in human-caused fires. According to officials, human-caused fires have burned 68,479 acres on average during the past 10 years.
Officials reported that 219 fires were started by lightning in 2022.
The department also emphasised the use of its video detection system, which allowed personnel to discover 57 out of 250 fires in the Southwest Oregon region at the initial stage, identifying the fire before it was reported via other channels, such as 911 calls.
Districts will concentrate on wildfire prevention initiatives like removing vegetation, creating defensible space around residences, and safely burning debris fires, according to the ODF, as the state transitions out of the wildfire season.
It’s vital to remember that conditions can change fast when the chilly, rainy fall weather gets underway, Graham warned. “Around this time of year, the number of human-caused fire starts tends to rise. People can become lax about fire safety when they become eager to burn backyard debris piles. All Oregonians working together to prevent wildfires throughout the year are appreciated.
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