Tag Archives: Firefighters/Firefighting

Central Oregonians assist in Australian wildfire fight

Central Oregon is dispatching three federal firefighting personnel with air operations experience to join a crew of Americans traveling to Australia to help battle wildfires that are ravaging that country. Tavis Fenske, Norm Sealing and James Osborne left for Australia Saturday as part of a group of 21 personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and […]
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Pendleton Fire Department looks to recruit more reserves with federal grant

Compared to the multimillion-dollar grants the city of Pendleton has sought from the federal government in recent years, the $298,000 SAFER grant is relatively modest. Although the grant is only paying for one position, the Pendleton Fire Department is hoping its ripple effect will bolster the department’s staffing levels much further than that. Source: Pendleton […]
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“Fire and Ice” program keeps seasonal employees busy all year

Some seasonal employees that fight fires in the summer for the Oregon Department of Forestry are working to keep roads clear for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The statewide program “Fire and Ice” has been around since the mid-eighties. The idea of the program is to better utilize state resources, when one agency is in […]
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Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires

The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday that provides some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. The bill would be the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its wildfire team and restore the health of forests, the commissioner’s office […]
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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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