Tag Archives: Wildfires

McKenzie Pass Highway reopens after 10 months

Scenic pass opens after damaging wildfire. When the Old McKenzie Pass Highway opened Monday to motor vehicles, it was the first time in 10 months travelers drove on the scenic byway, which was closed as the result of damage suffered during the Milli Fire. Deschutes National Forest and Oregon Department of Transportation officials closed the […]
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Loggers and wood manufacturing are keys to forest health

Arizona and New Mexico once had a vibrant forest products industry that contributed to the social, economic and environmental vitality of the region. That infrastructure disappeared as changes in federal forest policy all but eliminated timber harvesting from national forests. Today forests in the southwest are rapidly deteriorating as millions of acres have been impacted […]
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Oregon’s wildfire potential ‘above normal’ much of summer

Oregon’s fire risk has been right around normal though June, but that’s going to change for the worse for the rest of the summer. State and federal forest managers and staff Monday during a media conference call discussed the outlook of wildland fire for 2018. Noel Livingston, fire management officer on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, […]
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Grass fire threatening structures in Applegate

Multiple area fire agencies are working an Applegate Valley grass fire that grew to 11 acres. The fire, which broke about 11:45 a.m. Friday, is in the 1200 block of Thompson Creek Road, according to Oregon Department of Forestry public information officer Melissa Cano. As of about 4:15 p.m., crews had managed to get a […]
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Hot debate: How to avoid an Oregon fire season like 2017

The smell of wildfire became inescapable last summer in Eugene and Springfield, with smoke often choking the cities. Fires burned to the east, south and north, so even changes in the wind didn’t offer relief for some stretches. The terrible air quality — the worst levels recorded in Eugene-Springfield in about 30 years of record-keeping […]
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Fire burning near Warm Springs

A wildfire that may have been caused by an out-of-control campfire kept authorities busy Friday along U.S. Highway 26, between Warm Springs and Madras. At 2:32 p.m. Friday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call about a fire near Rainbow Market, by the eastern bank of the Deschutes River. Dalton Smith, dispatcher for the […]
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A win-win partnership for fire-prone forests

Wildland firefighters for the Oregon Department of Forestry spend their summers earning money battling blazes on state-protected timber lands, but when fire season ends, they have to figure out how to stretch the summer’s earnings through the winter or find other work until they are called back the next year. A partnership agreement between ODF […]
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PG&E Power Lines Blamed For Northern California Wildfires

A state report finds that the utility’s equipment coming into contact with trees caused the fires that ravaged the region, including the wine country. Downed power lines owned by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric are being blamed for a dozen Northern California wildfires last fall. The findings by state officials could have a significant […]
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Hot, dry Oregon summer forecast brings chance of wildfire

All signs are pointing to a hot, dry and dangerous summer in Oregon. On the heels of last year’s wildfire-filled season — and a historically dry spring this year — meteorologists are projecting more dry and hot weather across the Beaver State. Source: Hot, dry Oregon summer forecast brings chance of wildfire

Wildfire risk rises after dry winter

The potential for wildfires in June around the northwest is expected to be normal but will increase to above normal for July and August, according to a report issued Friday by Predictive Services at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.   Above normal fire potential is predicted for parts of Oregon and Washington east […]
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