Tag Archives: Wildfires

Wyden says wildfire help on the way

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden promised Wednesday that federal help is headed to Southern Oregon to confront our wildfire problems. He said he’s shepherded legislation that will stop a long-standing practice of raiding fire prevention coffers to pay for wildfire suppression. “The fire prevention funding got the short end of the stick,” he said before about […]
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Our view | Who has the best climate change plan?

“Climate change is real,” reads the opening line of a recent op-ed penned by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and two fellow Republican congressmen. It was repeated by Walden during his town hall Monday in Boardman. It’s a declaration most Republicans are now willing to endorse, though with varying levels of commitment. To his credit, Walden […]
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Deschutes County looks at tweaking building codes to adjust to wildfires

The Deschutes County Commission is making headway on an effort to revamp its building codes to better withstand a devastating wildfire. During a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, county commissioners learned about an update to Oregon’s building code. If the county chooses to adopt the amendment, which went into effect in January, the county could tweak […]
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Editorial: Find a solution for Juniper Canyon

To get to homes in Crook County’s Juniper Canyon, there’s only one way in or out. County officials and residents have been worried for years that the single access road could be a safety problem in the event of a wildfire or other emergency. Creating a second access road needs to be a priority for […]
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Playing to win on fire

Every forest and fire management decision is a gamble. We should play to win. Some people would like to oversimplify the subject of managing our forests and fire. The truth is that this is a complex issue. Any honest discussion of forests and fire will include words such as likely, most, tend to, except, and […]
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Solidarity Wine Turns Oregon Wildfires Into Collectible Bottles

A new label, Solidarity, fights fire with wine in the Pacific Northwest. The year 2018 was a stellar year for wine grapes, as harvests hit record yields up and down the West Coast. But it was also a year of powerful fires, on the heels of other catastrophic blazes in 2017. As climate change has […]
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Last Visit: A Personal Tour Of Oregon’s Iconic Nelson House

A final look at Oregon’s most photographed homestead, the Charles Nelson House, which was destroyed in 2018’s Substation Fire. Rumor had spread that time might be running out for the Nelson House. The Charles E. Nelson House was a weathered clapboard farmhouse, tucked up in the rolling wheat fields of Oregon’s high plains. With two […]
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Crater Lake crowds move to off-season, as wildfires take over summer

As summer crowds are thinning at Crater Lake National Park, the off-season has been getting a lot busier. According to statistics released by the National Park Service, the southern Oregon destination saw record numbers of crowds for both off-season and shoulder season months in 2018, while summer visitation fell for the third straight year. Source: […]
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NW Forest Plan 25 years later: Wildfire losses up, bird populations down

Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new research shows. The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the importance of continuing to prioritize the safeguarding […]
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Officials respond to calls for action

We have been relentless in calling for local, state and federal officials to take action before the 2019 fire season begins. To their credit, they are responding. Gov. Kate Brown visited Medford last week to sign an executive order creating a new council to find ways to improve the state’s response to wildfires. We criticized […]
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