Tag Archives: Forest Fires

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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Another containment leap in Gopher fire fight | Mail Tribune

As of Thursday, the Gopher fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness seemed to be staying put, with containment gradually continuing to inch its way up. The 352-acre blaze burning about 11 miles east of Prospect was considered 15% contained, according to a news release from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Source: Another containment leap […]
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Cool temps slow fire activity

Cooler temperatures over the weekend and recent heavy rain have helped suppress a flurry of small wildfires ignited by lightning last week. The Pacific Fire in the Mount Washington Wilderness was 1 acre in size as of Monday, according to Central Oregon Fire Info site, a multi-agency fire information center. The fire, located between lava […]
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Conditions favor fight against Gopher fire in Southern Oregon

The Gopher fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness was reported at 340 acres Monday morning, according to fire officials. Lower temperatures and wet weather were helping firefighters buy time as they establish fire lines, said Aaron Schuch, incident commander on the fire. Source: Conditions favor fight against Gopher fire in Southern Oregon | Mail […]
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