Tag Archives: Wildfires

Legislators prepping to tackle guns, wildfires, homelessness in upcoming session

Legislators will roll up their sleeves for some speedy politicking in February, tackling some of Oregon’s thorniest problems. When they gather for the monthlong legislative session, legislators want to improve the state’s care for people with mental illness and its ability to fight increasingly destructive wildfires. State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon Capital Bureau story also […]
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2020 Oregon Legislative Session: Another Walkout Always Looming

Democratic lawmakers are bringing a hefty policy agenda into the legislative short session that starts in February, including an ambitious climate change policy, stricter gun laws, preparing the state for an earthquake, changing the way wildfires are fought and funneling millions toward the state’s housing crisis. But first, they must convince Republicans to stay in […]
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Oregon versus Australia wildfires: There’s no comparison

Even the state’s biggest wildfire, Biscuit Fire, isn’t even close to what Australia is facing. The images coming out of Australia have been described as apocalyptic. Source: Oregon versus Australia wildfires: There’s no comparison – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Wildfire protection plan begins to take shape

Gov. Kate Brown has followed through on her pledge to address wildfire prevention and preparedness on a statewide level, presenting lawmakers this week with a draft proposal based on the report from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response. The plan is sure to undergo changes before and after the Legislature convenes next month, but the […]
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OR wildfire response bill only deals with state lands

A bill to beef up Oregon’s response to wildfires that is on tap for the 2020 session will be expensive, and how to pay for it has not been determined. Gov. Kate Brown’s Wildfire Response Council has issued a long list of recommendations, but something is missing. Sen. Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) said there is […]
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Oregon’s Forests and Tribal Communities Provided for in 2020 Budget

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the 2020 spending bill includes U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations funding that provides critical investments in earthquake preparedness, water infrastructure, and wildfire suppression and recovery activities that are of particular importance to communities across Oregon.  Source: Oregon’s Forests and Tribal Communities Provided for in […]
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Wildfire report: 20-year projection says tens of billions in costs

The Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response has released its report predicting the cost of extended wildfire seasons will exceed tens of billions of dollars over the next 20 years. Source: Wildfire report: 20-year projection says tens of billions in costs

Decade in Review: Drought and weather patterns sparked smoke in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon’s worst summers for wildfires have all fallen within the past six years, coinciding with the region’s warmest summers in more than a century. The low point came in 2018, when Rogue Valley air quality dropped, at one point, to the worst in the world, and wildland fire agencies burned through $128 million trying […]
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Keeping wildfires at bay

Burning issue: Growth in wildland-urban interface challenges fire managers, local planners. Dorothy Finaldi watched as aircraft swooped across the landscape, dropping load after load of fire retardant near a new housing development north of Boise, Idaho. “It was definitely a wait-and-see what would happen with the hillside because of cheatgrass,” said Finaldi, a Central Foothills […]
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Deschutes County receives $25,000 for wildfire mitigation, wildlife inventory

Wildlife inventory has not been updated in 25 years. A $25,000 grant will help Deschutes County revise codes concerning wildfire protection and update an inventory that protects certain animals from development pressure. The grant from the state Department of Land Conservation and Development came as a welcome but somewhat unexpected surprise for the county commission. […]
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