Now that the rain has been falling for a few weeks, it is easy to quickly forget about fire season. The Oregon Department of Forestry provides landowners with a update about the 2012 fire season. This year, there were 23 human caused industrial fires on ODF protected lands that involved 66 acres. The causes for the largest fires in this industrial category included a warming fire, logging equipment fires and a fire caused by a cable logging system. ODF reports that the 10-year average is 26 fires and 338 acres burned. Of note is that there were no fires between the middle of September and the middle of October, when fire danger was extremely high.
Forest landowners and operators work hard to stay prepared for fires by training, maintaining equipment and carrying the proper firefighting equipment on logging operations. Their hard work pays off when there are very few fires or very few acres are burned during the fire season.