Tag Archives: Wildfires

Klondike Fire roars to life, threatens homes in Southern Oregon

Oregon’s largest wildfire isn’t finished yet. The Klondike Fire roared to life Sunday afternoon, bringing new evacuations to the small town of Agness in the Rogue River canyon. Source: Klondike Fire roars to life, threatens homes in Southern Oregon

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

New data shows the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. According to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. Source: Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

Changing climate could bring larger fires to Oregon

Climate report portends global changes sooner than anticipated. A report on climate change from a United Nations environmental panel suggests serious impacts could occur sooner than expected, which may cause problems for Oregon’s low-elevation forests. “We know that global change means that the Pacific Northwest would be affected, as well,” said Kathie Dello, associate director […]
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Where thinning is winning

Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. Also see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. More than 3,000 lightning bolts all itching to pick a wildfire fight came crashing into Southern Oregon July […]
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Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

The cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. The costs skyrocketed past last year’s record. Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. Source: Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in […]
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Wildfire Reporting – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We’ve been dealing with wildfires wrong. OPB’s EarthFix has a new series that explores why we keep mishandling fires and the consequences of doing so. EarthFix editor David Steves and investigative and data reporter Tony Schick tell us more.. Source: Wildfire Reporting | Self-Experimentation | Carolyn Long . Radio | OPB

Fire and Smoke: Firefighting goes high-tech

Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. Also see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Chris James watched the July 15 assault that pummeled southwest Oregon with 3,000 lightning strikes, starting 145 fires, unfold in great […]
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Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire

Not all wildfire is a force of destruction. Many of our favorite Northwest plants and animals have evolved to depend on it. We’ve been taught that thick forests have always blanketed the Northwest — that our natural state is one of verdant green old growth. The idea goes that if we want to protect creatures […]
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Don’t ‘Let it burn’

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. See Part 1 and Part 2. An Oregon Department of Forestry official doesn’t pull punches when describing the federal government’s response to two of Southern Oregon’s biggest fires this […]
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Fire and Smoke: Outgunned at the start

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. See Part 1 here. When a lightning storm started at least 145 fires on July 15 in Southern Oregon, firefighters weren’t just battling the blazes — they were trying […]
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