Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry

Controlled burns in Oregon: Can more fires create less smoke?

About 30 members of the crew stood in the morning still of the forest as Katie Sauerbrey laid out the plans for the day. Some carried shovels or pickaxes. Others leaned against trucks and peered at maps of the area. All listened intently as she outlined the risks of their operation. Source: Controlled burns in […]
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Fire and Smoke: Firefighting goes high-tech

Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. Also see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Chris James watched the July 15 assault that pummeled southwest Oregon with 3,000 lightning strikes, starting 145 fires, unfold in great […]
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Don’t ‘Let it burn’

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. See Part 1 and Part 2. An Oregon Department of Forestry official doesn’t pull punches when describing the federal government’s response to two of Southern Oregon’s biggest fires this […]
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Fire and Smoke: Outgunned at the start

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. See Part 1 here. When a lightning storm started at least 145 fires on July 15 in Southern Oregon, firefighters weren’t just battling the blazes — they were trying […]
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A fiery debate

While Oregon burns, Congress has bogged down in debate over how to lessen the impact of devastating wildfires that have taken a toll on people’s health and the region’s economy. “The hue and cry from our members — it’s almost deafening,” said Brad Hicks, president and chief executive officer of The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. […]
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Silverton resident trying to burn yellow jacket nest sparks 3-alarm fire

A Silverton resident attempting to burn a yellow jacket nest with lighter fluid sparked a three-alarm fire that threatened another home and barn. Firefighters from six agencies responded to contain the blaze in the 16000 block of Stormy Drive East Sunday afternoon. Source: Silverton resident trying to burn yellow jacket nest sparks 3-alarm fire | […]
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Homeowner burning yellow jackets instead starts brush fire

A homeowner trying to burn out a yellow jacket nest using lighter fluid set off a brush fire near Silverton on Sunday afternoon, prompting six fire agencies to respond. The fire in the 16000 block of Stormy Drive east of Silverton threatened several structures as it burned through grass and brush, a Silverton fire department […]
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Wind drives Cabbage Hill fire near Pendleton

Firefighters battled a fire Thursday afternoon six miles southeast of Pendleton on Cabbage Hill that threatened several homes. Source: Wind drives Cabbage Hill fire near Pendleton – Local News – East Oregonian

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will host annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting on October 4

The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will host the annual meeting of the Salmonberry Trail Coalition on Thursday, October 4 in Banks. The public meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the at Banks Fire District 13, 13430 NW Main St, Banks, Oregon 97106. Source: Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will host annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting […]
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Wind drives Cabbage Hill fire near Pendleton

Firefighters battled a fire Thursday afternoon six miles southeast of Pendleton on Cabbage Hill that threatened several homes. The fire, located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, grew to about 80 acres and Oregon Department of Forestry spokeswoman Jamie Knight said 15 mile-per-hour winds caused it to spread through grass and timber stands. Knight said eight […]
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