SALEM, Ore. — This year’s fire season officially ended on Tuesday on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, and it was the shortest fire season in two decades, officials said.
The Southwest Oregon District, covering Josephine and Jackson counties, was the last region to end its fire season at 9 a.m. on October 1.
This year, ODF said there were 923 wildfires on ODF-protected lands, which is about average. However, just 16,867 acres burned, which is 56 percent below average. ODF attributed the below-average season to favorable conditions and successful initial response.
The 2019 fire season lasted 99 days, the shortest season in the 21st century, about three weeks shorter than ODF’s 121-day average.
“Thanks to a minimum number of wildfires on the landscape statewide, we were fortunate to have adequate resources to respond to fires on our jurisdiction,” said ODF Fire Protection Chief Ron Graham. “With two team deployments — to the Milepost 97 Fire and Ward Fire — we share in the success of the 2019 fire season with Oregon’s complete and coordinated fire protection system, including forest and range landowners, local fire districts, Tribes, contractors, federal, state and county partners.”
Backyard debris burning and equipment-use restrictions have been lifted. ODF said some local fire departments still require a permit for debris burning.
ODF urges the public to continue to be cautious, as conditions can change quickly.
October is #FirePreventionMonth. The OSFM is working with our fire & life safety partners to encourage Oregonians to create and practice a home fire escape plan with their whole families to ensure everyone gets outside safely. (For closed caption, go to: https://t.co/cTEzUtpAbc) pic.twitter.com/Cbn7kBX25Q
— Oregon OSFM (@OSFM) September 30, 2019
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