Tag Archives: Wildfires

Salvage Logging Proposed For Parts Of Chetco Bar Fire Burn Area

Chetco Bar was by far Oregon’s largest wildfire in 2017, burning just over 191,000 acres in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to log trees killed or damaged in last year’s Chetco Bar Fire. Chetco Bar was by far Oregon’s largest wildfire in 2017, burning just over 191,000 acres in […]
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Second Oregon county gets drought declaration

Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in two Oregon counties as the state braces for the upcoming wildfire season. They’re the first state drought declarations since 2015. Source: Second Oregon county gets drought declaration

Oregon to get nearly $40 million in federal disaster funds for wildfires, winter weather

Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced have announced that more than $37 million in grant money is slated to come to Oregon to reimburse the state for repairs of damage caused by severe winter weather and wildfires. Source: Oregon to get nearly $40 million in federal disaster funds for wildfires, winter weather […]
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Wyden: Plenty to learn from Eastern Oregon town halls

Thank you high school students throughout Eastern Oregon for proving again that “listening to the future” produces smart and civil discussions that show common ground exists on challenging issues. Last week, I held open-to-all town halls in schools in Wheeler, Gilliam, Umatilla, Morrow and Sherman counties. (The week’s sixth town hall in Union County was […]
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Wyden, Oregon succeed with long overdue wildfire fix: Editorial

It shouldn’t have taken five years for this fix, yet this bipartisan work should be lauded for improving health and safety of the federal forest that blanket so much of Oregon. Source: Wyden, Oregon succeed with long overdue wildfire fix: Editorial

Lawmakers praise funding fix for fighting fires

U.S. Forest Service gets access to billions in emergency funds for wildland fires. Source: Lawmakers praise funding fix for fighting fires

Busy summer forecast at Crater Lake, smoke permitting

A below-average snowpack and potentially early opening of Rim Drive around Crater Lake could mean a record number of visitors at Crater Lake National Park this year. However, in a speech to a Klamath Falls Rotary club last week, acting superintendent Sean Denniston cautioned that forest fire smoke could once again cut into those numbers. […]
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‘Like Licking An Ashtray’: Wildfires Lead To Smoky Wines In Oregon

Last summer’s wildfire season is tainting some Oregon wines with the aroma and taste of smoke, even after it’s been fermented and distilled. That’s worrying growers and winemakers here in Oregon. Last summer’s wildfire season had the distinction of being one of the smokiest in Oregon’s history. And you might see evidence of that showing […]
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Smoke taint worries Rogue Valley vintners

You may remember the marketing phrase: “We will sell no wine before its time.” For some vintages, that line of thinking remains timeless. When it comes to vintages impaired by smoke taint, however, it’s best to move them quickly and consume the wine before the taint fully manifests itself. Source: Smoke taint worries Rogue Valley […]
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Editorial: Wildfires shift in a better direction

Wildfires are nonpartisan. But fixing the way the federal government pays for wildfires has taken more than a decade — and it’s not over yet. Congress needs to bring an end to the practice of draining accounts to reduce fire danger to fight wildfire. The new budget bill veers in the right direction. Source: Editorial: […]
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