Tag Archives: Forest Fires

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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Oregon wildfires: 130 ignited statewide following lightning storms

Thousands of lightning strikes raked across Oregon Thursday and Thursday night, resulting in at least 130 wildfires statewide. Most of the wildfires are small — little more than an acre in most cases — but the sheer number of new starts could pose a challenge to fire crews. Source: Oregon wildfires: 130 ignited statewide following […]
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Lightning, thunder shake southwest Oregon skies

An alarm clock of the lightning-and-thunder variety sounded throughout the early morning hours Thursday in Jackson County. As of Thursday, 205 cloud-to-ground strikes had peppered Jackson County, according to the National Weather Service’s Medford office. Source: Lightning, thunder shake southwest Oregon skies | Mail Tribune

Red flag warning issued for Mt. Hood National Forest, Central Oregon Cascade Foothills

The National Weather Service in Portland says a red flag warning will be in effect Thursday afternoon to early Friday morning for the Mount Hood National Forest west of Cascade Crest. The red flag warning is in effect from 1 p. m. Thursday to 2 a. m. Friday due to thunderstorms expected in the area. […]
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Region sees dozens of small wildfires sparked by lightning storms

 Firefighting agencies across Southern Oregon and Northern California reported dozens of small fire starts on Thursday morning after severe thunderstorms brought flurries of lightning strikes through the region. Source: Region sees dozens of small wildfires sparked by lightning storms

System used to measure wildfire risk called into question

Bend Fire official believes more factors should be considered. A Bend deputy fire chief says the standards Deschutes County is using to create a wildfire risk map do not go far enough to protect communities from wildfire. Bob Madden, of the Bend Fire Department, raised his concerns when state building code regulations were discussed at […]
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