Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Report: Keep Medford Air Tanker Base open — for now

Independent analysts have recommended the U.S. Forest Service keep the Medford Air Tanker Base open if other agencies will start paying part of the almost $245,000 annual cost of operating and maintaining the base. The Forest Service commissioned the study earlier this year and recently made the results available. The Medford Air Tanker Base is […]
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California Wildfires: Why Humans Can’t Control Them

“The fire, to me—it’s like an ocean. It’s so strong that we don’t really stand a chance of doing much to it.” Seven years ago, Park Williams took an hour-long drive with a couple of friends to see a wildfire. He remembers it now as a revelation. At the time, Williams was researching the scraggly […]
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Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and Into Fire Zones

The deadly wildfires that are devastating communities in parts of Northern and Southern California first ignited in an expanding part of the American landscape: not in forests, not in cities, but in the areas that experts call the wildland-urban interface. It is the transition zone between wildlands — such as forests, grasslands and scrublands — […]
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Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

New research finds forest replanting doesn’t necessarily guarantee better tree survival. New research is offering a way to potentially save money and resources on forest recovery after wildfire. After wildfire season ends each year, land managers start planning what comes next for the areas that burned.  Often, the strategy used to ensure the forests return is […]
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Dry weather expected to continue

The Rogue Valley is in the midst of an unusual dry stretch, with fall precipitation numbers for Medford and other parts of the area well below average. So while fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry is technically over, conditions are still plenty ripe for wildland flareups. Source: Dry weather expected […]
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Why ‘mega wildfires’ are happening in November

What everyone needs to know about why these fires are spreading so quickly so late in the year, and how to protect your homes and businesses from them. By most accounts, the “Camp Fire” has essentially wiped Paradise off the map. Four days after being forced to flee the blaze, residents are returning home to […]
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Communities Of Color Are Most Vulnerable To Wildfire: Study

Racial and ethnic minority communities are far more vulnerable to wildfire than predominantly white communities, according to research published Friday by the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy. More than 29 million people live in areas with a significant potential for extreme wildfire, many of whom are economically secure and have the means to prepare […]
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Big birds a bargain

With firefighting resources spread thin around the West in a big fire year, luck and timing can make all the difference. If high-capacity helicopters happen to be here and available when a major lightning storm hammers Southern Oregon, that’s good. If those helicopters already have been committed to big fires burning elsewhere, that’s not so […]
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Racial, ethnic minorities face greater vulnerability to wildfires

Massive wildfires, which may be getting more intense due to climate change and a long history of fire-suppression policies, have strikingly unequal effects on minority communities, a new study shows. Environmental disasters in the U.S. often hit minority groups the hardest. When Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans in 2005, the city’s black residents were disproportionately […]
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Southern Oregon calls in air support

Southern Oregon was the site of a real-life experiment on whether having two large-capacity helicopters here could help stamp out blazes before they grow into wildfires that fill the summer sky with smoke. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is looking into whether it makes sense to pay $2 million to have two Type 1 […]
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