Tag Archives: Firefighters/Firefighting

Fire management in southwestern Oregon

The following is a proposal for changes in how we deal with fire in southwestern Oregon. Stop reacting to wildfire ignitions and take the initiative to actively manage fire. Fuel treatments must greatly increase. Controlled burn, chip, masticate, thin-pile-burn, all of it. Staff both fire suppression and fuels treatment with well-trained, well-paid crews, with meteorologists […]
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OSU Extension fire program to prioritize fire education across state

A statewide fire program created by the Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Forestry is building on examples set by organizations like the Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership by expanding those efforts across the state and introducing even more education and outreach resources. Source: OSU Extension fire program to prioritize fire education across state […]
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An overlooked firefighting tool in state: lookout towers

Even in our technologically advanced age, most reports of fires are called in by observant folks, often using cellphones. The ubiquity of these devices means an increased ability to detect wildfire more quickly. But a fair portion of California still has poor or no cellular coverage. Utilities that shut down power as a wildfire-prevention measure […]
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Editorial: Camera system becomes vital to firefighters

Among the few bright spots in what has been yet another devastating fire season in Northern California is this: The wildfires offered yet another real-time test of the ALERTWildfire system, an array of state-of-the-art cameras that allow firefighters to discover and locate new fires and make quick decisions about how best to respond. According to […]
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Tensions lessening between rangeland fire groups and government agencies

The first responders to wildfires in the remote areas of the Great Basin of Oregon and Idaho are increasingly volunteer groups of private landowners that have been authorized and trained in partnership with federal and state agencies. Source: Tensions lessening between rangeland fire groups and government agencies | Northwest | eastoregonian.com

Tensions lessening between rangeland fire groups and government agencies

The first responders to wildfires in the remote areas of the Great Basin of Oregon and Idaho are increasingly volunteer groups of private landowners that have been authorized and trained in partnership with federal and state agencies. Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, which started in the 1960s in Eastern Oregon but have proliferated in the region […]
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In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay

As wildfires blaze across the state, California firefighters have called in some of the biggest air tankers for help. The giant jets are dumping a fire retardant, phos-chek, on the wildfires. High winds are in the forecast this week for all of California as fires burn up and down the Golden State. Near the Bay […]
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ODF crews battle third post-season wildfire in a week

Firefighters continued to mop up the remains of a 12-acre wildfire Monday that ignited north of Merlin over the weekend. The Quartz Creek fire, burning in a clear cut on private industrial land off Quartz Creek Road, drew Oregon Department of Forestry crews Saturday night. When firefighters arrived, they estimated the blaze to be about […]
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Think Too Much: Firefighting work forges bonds on rangelands

It’s part of the political landscape of the West: The idea that there’s a deep distrust between landowners and the government agencies that manage so much of the Western landscape. After more than a century, it’s an issue that’s still playing out, and it’s driven events such as the Sagebrush Rebellion or, more recently, the […]
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California wildfires: Oregon firefighters sent to fight Kincade Fire

Fifteen wildfire strike teams from Oregon fire departments are on the way to help battle the California wildfires. The strike teams, made up of nearly 300 firefighters who will assist in protecting structures, were sent from Klamath, Douglas, Yamhill, Linn, Columbia, Clatsop, Benton, Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clackamas, Lincoln, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties. Source: California wildfires: Oregon firefighters sent to fight […]
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