2021 wildfire season


The start of fall brings cooler temperatures and increasing chances of rain. It also means wildfire season is winding down.



This year’s wildfire season for Oregon and Washington began early and will run long.  But so far, it’s not as bad as 2020’s.

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An air quality advisory has been issued for 17 Oregon counties, given wildfire smoke wafting in from across the region. 


Recent rains have helped crews tackling Oregon wildfires, including the Devils Knob Fire Complex in Douglas County.

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When first reported in early August, the Knoll Fire brought an ominous sense of déjà vu to McKenzie River Residents.  But several factors kept the incident from becoming as destructive as last year’s Holiday Farm Fire.


The Bull Complex Fire east of Salem is still growing, but so far weather conditions mean the blaze isn’t threatening the Santiam Canyon communities that were devastated by wildfire a year ago.


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Dozens of wildfires are actively burning across the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. Crews are not only battling the fires, but scorching, triple-digit heat and smoke in many areas.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center has provided this interactive map of large wildfires in Oregon and Washington. 


The Knoll Fire in the Willamette National Forest has reached the McKenzie River’s banks, prompting the Oregon State Marine Board to issue a temporary closure.



The Jack Fire east of Roseburg is 61% contained, but officials have declared a red flag warning due to extreme temperatures and low humidity.

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The extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest last month caused an uncommon problem for trees. It’s called sun scorch. Basically a sunburn for trees.



As Oregon copes with drought conditions and limited wildfire resources, a ban goes into effect Thursday, July 22 on campfires in all state parks and forest lands east of I-5 from California to Washington.



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The threat of wildfire has led to new restrictions on the Siuslaw National Forest, which stretches along the Oregon Coast Range between Reedsport and Tillamook.

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At a Board meeting on Tuesday, July 13, commissioners discussed a potential fireworks ban that would be automatically triggered when fire season is declared. The aim is to address fire danger.




Fire crews continue to tackle the Grandview Fire near Sisters, which is at just under 6,000 acres.

Oregon Governor Declares Wildfire Emergency

Jun 30, 2021

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency aimed at improving response to active and imminent wildfires across the state, and has invoked the state’s Emergency Conflagration Act late Wednesday morning to aid in response to a growing fire east of Mount Hood.

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As the Pacific Northwest swelters inside a so-called “heat dome”, a meteorologist for a fire command agency says conditions are especially primed for wildfires this year. 

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After last year's Holiday Farm Fire, Greenhill Humane Society has some tips about how to prepare for a quick exit with your pets. According to Megan Brezovar, Community Engagement and Humane Education Manager, the most important thing in an emergency is to get yourself to safety - and bring your pets if you can.




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Oregon residents are advised to not only have evacuation plans and supplies ready in case they have to flee wildfires, but also to consider giving a lift to those who may not have the same means of escape.

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While last year’s wildfire season was unprecedented in Oregon, residents are warned that this newfound intensity is not going away.