Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry (ODF)


Due to extreme heat and drier conditions, most all Oregon Department of Forestry Districts in western Oregon have raised the fire danger level to high. A release from ODF said the only exceptions are the coastal counties of Coos, Curry, Tillamook and Clatsop, which remain at moderate fire danger. Source: MOST OF WESTERN OREGON NOW […]
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Strike team prepared for lightning strikes in Southern Oregon

Fire crews in the Southern Oregon region are prepared as a fire weather warning is in effect with possible lightning strikes in the area. “When we heard that we had a high probability of thunderstorms coming in, we brought down a strike team that is composed of five wildland fire engines from Oregon Department of […]
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Fuel reduction is the answer to fire prevention

Everybody is concerned about fire. It destroys lives and property, kills wildlife and harms fish and water quality. The smoke destroys tourism, hurts home sales and endangers the health and well being of every Oregonian. NBC 5 news reported there were a dozen fires in Medford alone over the Fourth of July weekend. Source: Fuel […]
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Wildfire Season: Guard prepares

Firefighters across Columbia County are bracing for the summer and fall wildfire season just ahead. And the local crews will likely have assistance from the Oregon National Guard if the season heats up dramatically. Source: Photos / Wildfire Season: Guard prepares | News |

Klamath County Spence fire holds at 78 acres 

Oregon Department of Forestry crews kept a wildfire burning near Klamath Falls in check Friday morning, the blaze staying at 78 acres, the agency reported. Containment on the Spence fire sits at 60%, ODF spokesperson Jennifer Case reported. Source: Klamath County Spence fire holds at 78 acres | Mail Tribune

Oregon National Guard soldiers complete wildland firefighter training

More than 400 Oregon citizen-soldiers completed either first-time or refresher training for wildland firefighting this month in preparation for possible deployment to fire lines this summer. Source: Oregon National Guard soldiers complete wildland firefighter training

Oregon firefighters deploying new technology to battle wildfires

Firefighters this year are using new military technology as part of their fight against wildfires.It’s a tool that can prevent a small fire from consuming thousands of acres and threatening homes and lives. Source: Oregon firefighters deploying new technology to battle wildfires | KATU

Train now, deploy faster later: Oregon National Guard prepares for wildfire season

Oregon isn’t waiting for fire season to overwhelm available wildland crews before calling up the National Guard to help. This weekend, 180 members of the Oregon National Guard will get a refresher course to maintain their wildland firefighter certification. Source: Train now, deploy faster later: Oregon National Guard prepares for wildfire season | KVAL

Agency officials still perfecting plans to protect wildland firefighters during pandemic

It’s not unusual for wildland firefighters to battle a blaze on multiple fronts. But this summer, as crews face COVID-19, the stakes of health and safety are higher than ever. “The people are a really big resource,” said Tanya Phillips, health promotion manager for Jackson County Public Health. “They have a job we need them […]
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Willamette Valley having cool and wet summer, but Central Oregon could become wildfire hot spot

This is what an Oregon summer is supposed to feel like. In terms of temperature and precipitation, this summer is sitting close to average, right in the middle of the pack, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. “I think people’s perception is that this has been a cooler summer,” National Weather Service meteorologist […]
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