Tag Archives: Wildfires

Study: Visitors To Smoke-Filled Southern Oregon Plan On Returning

The survey found that 85% of visitors who visited the region during smoky summers said they would return — though maybe not in the late summer. A survey conducted by the Southern Oregon University Research Center revealed wildfire smoke did not completely ruin tourists’ experiences in the region. The majority of tourists who visited Southern Oregon […]
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How Land Managers Select Prescribed Fire Areas

With wildfire season coming up, land managers are working to improve forest health and protect Northwest communities. One way is by lighting small burns, known as prescribed fires. Before we began stopping fire in its tracks, forests were healthier. They had fewer trees, more open space and more fire. “In a lot of our forest […]
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Opportunities to prepare

Melissa Cano, emergency management coordinator for the City of Medford, thinks public interest in preparing for wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters has gone up significantly in just a few short years. Area residents are much more likely to reach out to local agencies for information on how to get the ball rolling now, she […]
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California building rules may protect homes from wildfires

The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home. “I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’” Oney Carrell said. A few days later, they learned otherwise. Source: California building rules may protect homes from wildfires […]
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New Technology Will Help Northwest Forest Managers Assess Wildfire Danger

The new system is being adopted by a limited number of fire agencies and national forests in time for fire season. A tool forest managers use to determine the level of fire danger is getting its first update in more than 40 years. The National Fire Danger Rating System uses information like temperature, humidity and […]
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Walden: ‘Enough is enough’

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s tone in a speech on wildfires and clean air to the Chamber of Jackson County/ Medford on Monday afternoon was far from dampened by the steady rain. The congressman repeatedly pointed to forest management measures that he believes hold the keys to conquering smoky summer skies in Southern Oregon. “Enough is […]
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Mad rush to reduce wildfire risk 

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest already has exceeded its wildfire fuels reduction goal, but is racing to remove more trees and brush before the start of the summer wildfire season. Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. briefed Jackson County commissioners Thursday about the progress being made to try and avoid a repeat of the 2018 fire season. […]
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Western wildfire risk higher in spots

Early melting of the snowpack, and quick drying of grasses and other fine fuels will boost the risk of significant wildfires in parts of the West, the National Interagency Fire Center reports. The overall risk will be around normal across the region. Anticipated normal temperatures or lower should keep snowmelt rates around average, which could […]
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Santiam Park Fire that evacuated homes in Lyons cost $332,000

An early-season wildfire that jumped the North Santiam River, bringing evacuations to Lyons and torching much of a popular state park, cost a total of $332,000 to fight. The Santiam Park Fire, which burned 189 acres between March 19 and 20, brought a chaotic scene to an area that hasn’t seen a wildfire of that […]
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Smith: Without mills, forest health is at risk

“No mill. No market. No forest.” These were the words of Evergreen Magazine’s Jim Petersen over 15 years ago. They came to mind as Swanson Group announced the impending closure of the company’s sawmill in tiny Glendale, north of Grants Pass. The closure is another example of Oregon’s neglect for its rural communities, and the […]
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