Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Ashland ranks 90th in state for burn probability

Q: Great article on fire risk. You may have overlooked this, but you don’t state where Ashland is on the list of burn probability. How does it rank? A: A study commissioned by the U. S. Forest Service ranked Ashland as No. 90 on a list of the Oregon communities most likely to burn in […]
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Burn notice: Study claims thousands of homes at risk

More than 106,000 homes in Jackson and Josephine counties are at risk from wildfires, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service. The study listed the top 50 communities in Oregon with the most housing units exposed to wildfire risk. Jackson and Josephine County communities take up 23 of those top 50 spots. Source: Burn […]
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New Laws | Northwest Fires – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The beginning of the New Year brings new Oregon laws into effect. We sit down with The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com’s politics reporter Hillary Borrud to get the run-down. We listen back to our 2017  interview with author Gary Ferguson about his book, “Land on Fire.” It explains why we are facing larger and bigger wildfires in the Pacific […]
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‘Keep Oregon Green’ license plate looks to help Smokey protect state from forest fires

PORTLAND, Ore. – Smokey Bear is turning 75 next year, and to celebrate the milestone the group Keep Oregon Green is partnering with the U. S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry for a new state license plate design. The plates feature the iconic forestry mascot’s mug alongside the greenery of the state, and […]
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‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters’

Smoke-filled summers mean Duane Christensen’s family can no longer live together in the Rogue Valley. His 22-year-old daughter, who has the lung disease cystic fibrosis, had to move away. “It’s been devastating for us as a family. We wish our daughter could live with us,” Christensen told Jackson County Commissioners during a public hearing about […]
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Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Among the plethora of financial issues addressed during […]
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Mighty Klondike slayed

Oregon’s largest wildfire of 2018 is fully contained, but officials aren’t calling the fire out yet. The Klondike fire, which started outside Selma and grew to more than 175,000 acres, was declared fully contained Wednesday, according to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Source: Mighty Klondike slayed | Mail Tribune

Lessons from Paradise: What can Central Oregon learn from California’s tragedy?

Central Oregon forestry, fire experts weigh in on the Camp Fire. Around dawn on the morning of Nov. 8, the deadliest wildfire in California history sparked to life in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It took 17 days for firefighters to contain the blaze, which would come to be known as the Camp Fire, not before […]
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Our view: Keep Medford Air Tanker Base open

A Medford air tanker base might close, and lawmakers need to stop that from happening. It’s too important a resource to lose. The U.S. Forest Service runs the Medford base. During fire season — which is nearly year-round at this point — air tankers take off from there to dump fire retardant on wildfires. For […]
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Geographical features, landmarks and historic names used to name wildfires

Q: I was wondering where they come up with those names for those California fires? Like Carr fire, Camp fire, and so on? A: As a general rule, wildfires get their names from dispatch centers or first units on the scene. Usually, they are named for a geographical location, landmark, road, lake, mountain, peak or […]
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