Tag Archives: ODF

Firefighters battle fatigue along with flames

Long hours and an extended fire season make for tired firefighters. The federal agencies employing fire crews to manage wildfires in Oregon know this well, said Traci Weaver, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in Portland. Source: Firefighters battle fatigue along with flames

Fewer fires started by people in August, state agency says

10 percent fewer fires started by people on ODF-managed land in August. It’s been an up-and-down summer for Oregon fire managers trying to limit the number of wildfires caused by people, but one agency is optimistic about a trend. The Oregon Department of Forestry, which protects about 16 million acres of public and private forested […]
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Bulldozers in the wild

Kristi Mastrofini stared down the roaring gun barrel of the deadly Klamathon fire that was ready to burst through Oregon’s southern door. In just its second day, the 9,600-acre fire had killed one man in Northern California and swept through 40 structures. Now, shifting winds hurtled flames northward toward the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the […]
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Oregon Forestry Department Begs You Schmucks: Please Don’t Start a Fire This Labor Day Weekend

Come Sunday, it will be one year since a Vancouver, Wash. teenager tossed a firecracker into a ravine and set the Columbia River Gorge ablaze. Let’s try to do better this year. Once again, it’s a smoking hot summer. Source: Oregon Forestry Department Begs You Schmucks: Please Don’t Start a Fire This Labor Day Weekend […]
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Oregon Makes Case For Prescribed Fire Smoke

Oregon is proposing to change how it regulates smoke. The idea is to make it easier to use intentionally set or prescribed fire on public and private land. Wildfire smoke has increasingly become a point of contention in communities across the Pacific Northwest. For example, Southern Oregon has experienced the worst air quality in the […]
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Locals unload over smoke as officials weigh controlled burn changes

A meeting intended to discuss proposed looser limits to controlled burns during the off-season became a lightning rod of catharsis for Southern Oregonians who’d far exceeded their smoke limit for the summer. A crowd of upwards of 70 locals turned out to the Smullin Health Education Center Wednesday evening to voice frustration on a variety […]
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Ramsey Canyon Fire Jumps Dozer Lines Overnight, Holding at Roadways

Firefighters are still working to contain a spreading wildfire north of Sams Valley that has prompted Level 3 ‘GO’ evacuations and now covers over 1,300 acres. Stiff afternoon winds sent flames out in all directions from the Ramsey Canyon Fire north of Sams Valley on Thursday. In a morning update, fire officials said that the […]
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Oregonians could see more smoke in spring and fall

State proposes looser restrictions on controlled burns. More smoke from prescribed fires could be on the way to Central Oregon and other parts of the state during the spring and fall, thanks to a set of proposed rule changes. As the wildfire smoke thickened on Wednesday evening, representatives from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality […]
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Smoke changes could ease fire risk

If you could trade a little smoke for short periods of time in the fall and spring for the weeks of dense summer smoke we’re seeing now, would you do it? That’s the idea behind proposed changes to smoke management rules governing prescribed burns. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working with the Department of […]
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Editorial: Smoke rules could clear way for more controlled burns

  If you’re concerned about the smoke from wildfires that’s drifting into the mid-valley, you might be interested in a series of public hearings throughout the state that’s kicking off this week. In five cities that typically experience skies choked with smoke each summer, state officials are seeking comments about proposed smoke management rules that […]
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