Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Wildfire protection plan begins to take shape

Gov. Kate Brown has followed through on her pledge to address wildfire prevention and preparedness on a statewide level, presenting lawmakers this week with a draft proposal based on the report from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response. The plan is sure to undergo changes before and after the Legislature convenes next month, but the […]
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Decade in Review: Drought and weather patterns sparked smoke in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon’s worst summers for wildfires have all fallen within the past six years, coinciding with the region’s warmest summers in more than a century. The low point came in 2018, when Rogue Valley air quality dropped, at one point, to the worst in the world, and wildland fire agencies burned through $128 million trying […]
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ODF video helps teach private landowners how to reforest after fire

 A new video produced by the Oregon Department of Forestry aims to help family forest landowners learn what to do to reforest their property after a wildfire. The 7-minute video draws on the experience of ODF Stewardship Forester Jana Peterson and private Forestry Consultant Lane Parry in helping Baker County forest landowners after the Cornet-Windy […]
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New study shows Blue Mountains forests are changing, intensifying fire dangers

A new study indicates climate changes will intensify wildfires in Oregon’s southern Blue Mountains, making them more frequent, more extensive and more severe. Brooke Cassell, a forest ecologist who now lives in Everett, Washington, led a team of researchers from Portland State University, North Carolina State University, the University of New Mexico and the U.S. […]
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Beat Check podcast: Oregon Department of Forestry besieged by fires, financial missteps, $1 billion lawsuit

The Oregon Department of Forestry, which is funded by timber sales, can’t seem to please anyone. More than a dozen Oregon counties that lean heavily on the county for timber payments says the state isn’t cutting enough trees from its state forests; they’ve teamed together to mount a $1 billion lawsuit. Source: Beat Check podcast: […]
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OSU Extension building partnerships in new fire program

In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service said Friday it has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts. Source: OSU Extension building partnerships in new fire program – KTVZ

Wildfire: Curry County fire danger grows

Strong east winds are causing wildfire danger levels to climb, according to the Coos Forest Protection Association. Source: Wildfire: Curry County fire danger grows | News | currypilot.com

Firefighters Work To Extinguish Fires Across Willamette Valley

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Thursday that more than 20 new fires had started in the Willamette Valley. Source: Firefighters Work To Extinguish Fires Across Willamette Valley . News | OPB

Wildfire response must include suppression

After nine months of work that spanned a blessedly uneventful fire season, the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response has recommended overhauling all facets of the state’s wildfire prevention, preparedness and response. To no one’s surprise, that will cost money — a lot of money. Source: Wildfire response must include suppression | Mail Tribune

Wildfire council tells governor to update firefighting tools

Improving Oregon’s ability to fight wildfires could cost an estimated $4 billion, according to the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, which has outlined more than 50 recommendations the state needs to update its firefighting priorities and techniques. At its final meeting Thursday, the council presented nine months of work that it will give to Gov. […]
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