Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Forestry Department wants more money for fires

The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates that the 2017 fire season has so far cost it $38.9 million. Oregon’s forestry department may ask legislators in the upcoming session for more money to deal with escalating wildfires. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Forestry Department wants more money for fires

New map of Columbia gorge fire shows how areas fared

A new map of burns caused by the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge shows about 7,300 acres were highly burned and 14,600 acres were moderately burned. Source: New map of Columbia gorge fire shows how areas fared | OregonLive.com

Video explores Eagle Creek fire damage, recovery in Columbia River Gorge

Documentary filmmaker Trip Jennings flew over the Columbia River Gorge hours before sunset on Saturday, Sept. 23, to record the extent of the Eagle Creek fire. Source: Video explores Eagle Creek fire damage, recovery in Columbia River Gorge | OregonLive.com

The First Map is Out Showing the Where the Columbia River Gorge Wildfire Did the Most Damage

  Eagle Creek Fire officials have released a first look at the severity of soil burn throughout the burned region. Source: The First Map is Out Showing the Where the Columbia River Gorge Wildfire Did the Most Damage – Willamette Week

U.S. endured a record fire season. What could be done differently?

As the wildfire season lengthens and the fires become larger and more dangerous — a trend driven by a number of factors, including climate change — both state and federal natural resource departments are spending more time and money on firefighting and less on other forest management programs that help the land recover after wildfires, […]
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Columbia gorge fire area at risk of slides, maps show

The Columbia River Gorge had already earned a distinction as one of the state’s highest-risk landslide territories before the Eagle Creek fire struck. Source: Columbia gorge fire area at risk of slides, maps show | OregonLive.com

Chetco Bar Fire: How a small blaze erupted into Oregon’s largest fire

On the afternoon of July 12, four firefighters dropped from a helicopter into southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness to try and snuff out a small but challenging wildfire. Source: Chetco Bar Fire: How a small blaze erupted into Oregon’s largest fire

Federal fire suppression memo gets mixed response

Forestry experts, managers praise intent, criticize approach Near the peak of one of the most disruptive fire seasons in recent memory across the Western United States, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke called for more aggressive fire suppression efforts. Source: Federal fire suppression memo gets mixed response; Forestry experts, managers praise intent, criticize approach

Hazardous roadside trees after wildfires keep Old McKenzie Highway closed; Scenic route likely won’t open to motorists until June

The Old McKenzie Highway, winding from Highway 126 near McKenzie Bridge to Sisters, probably will be closed to motorists until spring because of hazards posed by dead and dying trees in forests charred by recent wildfires, state highway officials said Friday. “It’s unlikely that it will open before it starts snowing,” said Angela Beers Seydel, […]
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Fighting forest fires

This year’s fire season underlined and put an exclamation point on the need for more resources to fight wildfires in Oregon.The state’s congressional delegation — joined by those from other Western states — has been fighting for more help at the federal level for years, arguing that forest fires are a natural disaster, the same […]
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