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Fire investigations

Investigation process

ODF staff cooperate in investigating fires in state forests and other protected lands. Fire investigation is completed by appropriately trained ODF district employees. The Division works to recover fire suppression costs whenever a responsible party is willful, malicious or negligent in the fire origin or, if reasonable effort is required, fails to make every reasonable effort to control and extinguish a fire.

Recovering suppression costs from responsible parties helps reduce the burden on the state’s General Fund and on forest landowners who pay assessments for fire protection from ODF.

Labor Day wildfires of 2020

ODF is the lead agency investigating some of the wildfires associated with Labor Day 2020 wind event. View the complete list.

As those investigations are completed and available for release to the public a link to them will be posted on this page.

For investigations from 2020 for which ODF is not the lead, please contact the agency heading up that investigation. 


Fire Protection Division
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310