Tag Archives: ODF

Medford Weather Service office sets ‘spot forecast’ record

The 3-acre Hugo fire was barely big enough to get a name when it ignited July 19 outside of this rural Josephine County burg, but it still got its own weather forecast. Instead of relying on a general forecast, Oregon Department of Forestry officials asked the National Weather Service for a forecast specific for the […]
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Man faces arson charge in Galice wildfire

An arson charge has been filed against a Southern Oregon man accused of igniting wildfires. Authorities say 60-year-old David Ross Callaway started three separate blazes near Galice in August. Karl Witz of the Oregon Department of Forestry tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier that two of the fires were small, but one spread to 40 […]
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Throwing Shade, or Not

On Oct. 4 the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was granting $1.7 million to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to help with projects and programs that reduce water pollution. Source: Throwing Shade, or Not | eugeneweekly.com

Landowners, foresters fight fires by treating trees in Umatilla County

Following another severe wildfire season in Oregon, landowners and state foresters are emphasizing the need to boost fire resiliency in the woods. The contrast is easy to see driving through Tom and Cindy Beechinor’s forest property up Government Mountain Road in northern Umatilla County. Fall colors decorated the soggy woods Wednesday, where the Beechinors showed […]
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KCC to host wildland firefighter open house 

Klamath Community College will host its second Wildland Firefighter Round-up this month, according to a news release. This open house is aimed at connecting local job seekers to seasonal wildland firefighting positions in the Klamath Basin region. The event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in KCC’s Work Skills Technology Center, […]
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How Much Has Oregon’s Eagle Creek Fire Cost And Who’s Paying?

As of Oct. 12, the Eagle Creek Fire had cost the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry more than $19 million. The fire, meanwhile, is still burning. Misdemeanor charges have been filed against the 15-year-old boy accused of igniting the Eagle Creek Fire that has torched more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River […]
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Teaming up to reduce fire risk

Caring for forestland takes teamwork.  Dan Gover is retired from the U.S. Forest Service, but managing nearly 2,000 acres of private forestland is nearly a full-time job. The former road crew boss owns 900 acres southeast of Joseph, and his absentee neighbors have at least 900 more that he manages by creating fuel breaks in […]
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Fire season coming to end in northeast Oregon

Fire season will officially come to an end Saturday on state-protected forests in northeast Oregon. Despite wetter and cooler weather, Matt Hoehna, unit forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Pendleton, said people should remain vigilant when out in the woods. “We’ve gotten some moisture and it has reduced our fire danger, but the […]
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Four ODF engines dispatched to disaster area

Local Oregon Forestry Department employees are in California wine country assisting with firefighting efforts. Four ODF fire engines with two-person crews arrived in the North Bay area Tuesday to help with wildfires that have been ravaging parts of that state. ODF’s Southwest and Klamath-Lake districts bordering California sent the crews as part of a mutual […]
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Wildfire safety starts at home

After such a smoke-filled summer, many are fatigued by wildfire and hope next year’s fire season will be less intense. But fire officials and scientists say if future impacts are to be minimized, the public must take personal responsibility on their own properties, embrace common-sense rural development plans and support science-based forest policy. Source: Wildfire […]
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