Tag Archives: Wildfires

How the Coronavirus Crisis May Hinder Efforts to Fight Wildfires

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As warm weather moves in, ODF cautions against burning

With businesses shuttered, people working from home, and students away from school for the next month, it’s a good time to clear your yard and prepare for the coming fire season. But ODF officials are asking that landowners hold off on their debris burning until wetter, cooler conditions return. Spring officially began on Thursday, March […]
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Commentary: Wilderness offers no protection for forests or climate

Recent opinions have attempted to discredit active forest management as part of a political campaign to prohibit fuel reduction projects on 500,000 acres of national forests. Yet there is a broad political consensus, not to mention a wide body of science, supporting the use of thinning and prescribed burning to mitigate the many risks to […]
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2 Key Forestry Bills Won’t Survive Oregon Legislative Session

Two highly consequential forestry bills were among the piles of unfinished business Oregon lawmakers left behind when they ended their session early on Thursday. One of the bills affirmed an historic agreement between environmental groups and the timber industry on forest management issues including aerial pesticide spraying and stream protection. It was designed to avoid a ballot measure fight that now […]
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Oregon Wildfires: What’s next?

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office has released its final report focusing on needs of the Oregon fire service to address the challenges from wildfires in the wildland urban interface (WUI). The report release follows meetings in 16 communities throughout 2019 on a Listening and Understanding Tour. Source: Oregon Wildfires: What’s next? | News | […]
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Christoffersen | It’s time to act on wildfires

In my youth, I was a wanderer, working in outdoors wherever I went. That’s included ranching in Australia, farming in Israel, working in fishing and forestry in Norway, and forest and wildlife management in Africa. When I got to the Wallowas in 1999, I didn’t want to wander anymore — my family and I felt […]
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Guest column: Managing our future with wildfire in Oregon

Lawmakers from across the state have come together for the 2020 short legislative session. On the docket is a proposal to overhaul Oregon’s wildfire preparedness and response efforts. Source: Guest column: Managing our future with wildfire in Oregon

Buried in mud: Wildfires threaten North American water supplies

As rain offers a welcome relief to fire-scorched Australia, concerns over flash floods and freshwater contamination cast a shadow on the joy. Already, massive fish kills have been reported due to heavy ash and sediment in local stream. Local reservoirs and municipal water supplies might become so polluted from the fires that the current water […]
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Wildfire bills moving forward, but will budgetary constraints extinguish their momentum?

The fate of an ambitious plan to deal with wildfire issues now rests with legislators who decide on state budget matters. Some legislators want to wait until next year when there is more time to consider reforms. Two bills being considered by Oregon lawmakers this session are expected to be the one-two punch the state […]
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Stop trusting luck to dodge smoky summers

Legislators can be annoyingly slow to take action, especially when there are significant amounts of money involved. But when the public puts pressure on lawmakers, they tend to respond. In 2018, there were loud calls for action to address the choking effects of wildfire smoke that plagued Oregon communities and devastated tourism-dependent businesses, especially in […]
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