Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry

Medford meeting will air smoke management proposals

State officials will visit Medford next week in one of several public hearings on proposals intended to reduce the lung-choking smoke that has become all too common in the state each summer by increasing controlled burns in non-fire seasons. Oregon departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality will hold the hearing, which is set for 7 […]
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Major wildfires in Oregon: Drone threatens fire operations in southern Oregon

Evacuations have been ordered, structures burned and thousands of acres scorched so far this fire season. Wildfires in southern Oregon are chief among the state’s active blazes. And air quality in some spots around the state — namely southern and eastern Oregon — is less than ideal. Source: Major wildfires in Oregon: Drone threatens fire […]
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State working to prevent forest fires

The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to at least 30 human-caused fires. Human-caused wildfires have broken out throughout the state, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is working to prevent these blazes by raising fire prevention awareness. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State working to prevent forest fires

Oregonians Can Weigh In On New Proposed Smoke Management Rules

Oregonians will have the chance to weigh in on proposed new smoke management rules that could ease the way for more controlled burns aimed at reducing the threat of major wildfires. State regulators will hold public hearings in five cities often affected by smoke from wildfires. Source: Oregonians Can Weigh In On New Proposed Smoke […]
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Wildfire prompts Hood River hotel evacuation

Fire officials say a blaze that began near a home in Hood River spread to surrounding timber and brush and forced the overnight evacuation of dozens of people staying at a lodge overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Hood River Sheriff’s Office says the fire was reported late Saturday near a residence. Source: Wildfire prompts […]
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Wildfire season is far from over

With firefighters already fatigued from 16-hour work days and resources stretched thin, lightning could spark more wildfires Wednesday across Southern Oregon. “The bad news is we’re expecting more lightning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler told Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and wildfire managers during a Tuesday briefing in Merlin. Source: Wildfire season is far from […]
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Evacuations Downgraded For Wildfire Burning Near Mosier

  People in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier were told Saturday to evacuate due to a wildfire that started Friday night around Memaloose State Park. The evacuations remained in place as of Sunday morning. Source: Evacuations Downgraded For Wildfire Burning Near Mosier . News | OPB

Oregon Dept. of Forestry says it’s responded to 30 human-caused fires in past week alone

The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to 30 human-caused fires in the past week alone. One burned more than 20,000 acres. Source: Oregon Dept. of Forestry says it’s responded to 30 human-caused fires in past week alone

Forest agencies respond to State Sen. Deboer’s criticism

Questions and frustrations were raised on Tuesday by State Senator Alan DeBoer in the need he sees to fix the current process federal lands have in battling forest fires. Source: Forest agencies respond to State Sen. Deboer’s criticism – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

FEMA OKs money to help fight central Oregon’s South Valley Fire

As summer fires rage on, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal grant money to offset firefighting costs for the South Valley Fire in Wasco County. The central Oregon fire, which started Wednesday, by Saturday has grown to more than 20,000 acres, leading to the evacuations of more than 500 people and threatening to burn almost 200 homes. […]
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