MEDFORD, Ore. — With wet weather and increasingly colder temperatures inbound for Oregon, many forestry agencies now feel comfortable declaring an official end to the 2018 Fire Season.
One such agency is the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA), which handles forestlands in Douglas County. The Miles Fire, which burned 54,334 acres before containment, burned partly on DFPA-protected land.
"Fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association will officially end fire season on the Douglas District Sunday, October 28th at 12:01 a.m.," the agency said in a statement on Friday.
For residents and recreaters in DFPA-protected lands, this means that nearly all fire restrictions have been lifted — allowing for backyard burning and a complete reduction of industrial fire restrictions. DFPA said that their fire season began on June 8 and lasted 142 days — consisting of 95 fires that burned about 270 acres. 86 of those fires were human-caused.
On Friday, the forestry agency in charge of Coos, Curry and western Douglas counties also officially ended their Fire Season.
The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) North Cascade District ended their Fire Season on Friday as well, despite rating their wildfire danger as Moderate (Blue).
However, some areas in Oregon — and south central Oregon in particular — remain under Fire Season precautions.
"While the majority of ODF's districts have ended fire season due to rainfall and cooler temps, conditions vary across the state and some districts are not quite there yet," said ODF.
So far ODF Southwest — which manages Jackson and Josephine counties — has issued no indications about when they will consider ending Fire Season. They did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. The partnership that manages forests in Klamath and Lake counties has not issued an update either. But for most of these areas, fire danger level remains Low.
Similarly, CAL FIRE has made no moves toward declaring an end to Fire Season — instead posting a message that "Wildfires know no seasons!"