Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Oregon fire season revs up as state prepares for extra busy summer 

Fire season is officially here for most of Oregon as nine of the state’s 12 fire districts have already entered into fire season. Source: Oregon fire season revs up as state prepares for extra busy summer | OregonLive.com

Oregon had 126 large fires in 2017; here’s a look at the 22 largest 

Last year, 2,058 fires affected 717,219 acres of National Forest System land in Oregon, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. Of those fires, 45 percent were caused by humans. Source: Oregon had 126 large fires in 2017; here’s a look at the 22 largest | OregonLive.com

Fire prevention is up to us all

Earlier this year Congress passed the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which was first introduced in 2013 by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo. Passage of the bill is a big step forward in fighting wildfires in Oregon and other Western states, treating them like other natural disasters, such as hurricanes […]
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Now is the Time to Prepare for Wildfires, Oregon Department of Forestry Says 

Wildfires are hard to predict. But officials are preparing for what might be a busy fire season in Oregon. This Saturday, some local homeowners are doing their part to make their homes more resistant when fires do happen. Source: Now is the Time to Prepare for Wildfires, Oregon Department of Forestry Says | Jefferson Public Radio

Forest Service Says Disaster Funding Bill Will Help Fight Wildfires This Year

The U.S. Forest Service says it will have more money to fight wildfires and more tools to prevent them thanks to the new wildfire funding bill Congress recently approved Source: Forest Service Says Disaster Funding Bill Will Help Fight Wildfires This Year

Guest column: Forest issues need fact-based collaborative approach

Last summer’s fire season was a reminder that we all are affected by land management decisions. Ash fell in Portland. Brookings was evacuated. The valleys along the Interstate 5 corridor were filled with smoke. The Columbia Gorge was closed. Source: Guest column: Forest issues need fact-based collaborative approach;

Firefighting consuming more of Forest Service’s budget

Both nationally and locally, the 2017 wildfire season was unprecedented in terms of dollars spent, acres burned, and the duration of the wildfire season. We will continue to feel the effects of these fires, including impacts to our trails, our roads and especially our finances. Source: Firefighting consuming more of Forest Service’s budget

Reducing wildfires preferable to ‘cap and invest’

Oregon’s political leaders have prioritized passing an expensive and partisan “cap and invest” bill during the February legislative session as a way to “decarbonize” the state’s economy. The legislation is complex, raising questions about its effectiveness, about its effects on homegrown businesses and rural Oregonians, and about how millions in state revenue would be spent. […]
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Court date set for teen accused of sparking Eagle Creek fire

The Vancouver teen accused of starting the Eagle Creek fire is scheduled to appear in court next month, where he is expected to enter a plea. Source: Court date set for teen accused of sparking Eagle Creek fire | OregonLive.com

Rethinking ‘Smoky Bear’

On Labor Day weekend, the Eagle Creek fire began burning its way through 49,000 acres of forest in the Columbia River Gorge. Although the fire torched a remote area, it threatened urban dwellers 50 miles away as it discharged thick clouds of smoke toward Portland that lingered for days. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality […]
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