Tag Archives: Wildfires


As part of its ongoing efforts to prepare customers and communities for this year’s wildfire season, Pacific Power is hosting 3 wildfire safety and preparedness open houses in southern Oregon next week. Source: WILDFIRE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS MEETINGS NEXT WEEK – KQEN News Radio

ODF declares fire season officially in effect statewide

Fire season is now officially in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands. The announcement comes after the ODF Northwest Oregon and North Cascade protection districts declared fire season July 1. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District was the first to declare fire season June 1. Source: ODF declares fire season officially in effect statewide | […]
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Southwest Oregon fire danger level to jump to “high”

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in southwest Oregon will increase to “high” Wednesday, ODF reported. That increase, which impacts 1.8 million acres of land in Jackson in Josephine counties, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., officials said. Source: Southwest Oregon fire danger level to jump to […]
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Deschutes County examines wildfire risk

Risk maps will identify where building codes should be more strict. The Deschutes County Commission is considering whether to adopt stricter building codes for homes in areas at high risk for wildfires. But first, it has to figure out how to define where those areas are. Source: Deschutes County examines wildfire risk; Risk maps will […]
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PG&E is starting fires again

Just a few weeks into California’s dry summer season, fires linked to PG&E Corp. have already started to break out. More than 2,000 acres burned in Monterey County this week, with power lines blamed as the cause. Earlier this month, a transformer burst into flames in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and ignited a […]
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Editorial: Wildfire smoke settles in across the West

If you traveled to Southern Oregon last summer, you might have caught a glimpse of what the new normal will look like across the U.S. West: In Ashland, where smoke from wildfires forced the cancellation of more than two dozen performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it was common to see people on the street […]
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Invasive Grass Increases Wildfire Threat in Western States

Land managers are grappling with cheatgrass, a weed that has invaded millions of acres. After a wet spring, Western states are experiencing a massive bloom of cheatgrass, a yellowish, knee-high and highly flammable grass that carpets rangelands across 13 states. In Nevada, samples show up to 3,000 pounds of the invasive plant growing per acre, […]
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Pacific Power shutoff plan is prudent

Pacific Power is doing the right thing by announcing in advance that it may shut off electricity in fire-prone areas if conditions warrant this summer. The company’s plans are reasonable, and it is making every effort to limit inconvenience to customers. A power line was the cause of the Camp fire last year that killed […]
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Don’t expect wildfire help from Salem 

Editor’s note: The Mail Tribune, Rosebud and KTVL are partnering to cover what the 2019 legislative session means for Southern Oregon. Part 1 is here. Check MailTribune.com for RoseBud’s interview with Senator Jeff Golden, and watch KTVL News 10 on Wednesday and Thursday night. A $6.8 million proposal to help prevent wildfires may go up in […]
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Jump in wildfires means smoke’s health impact will spread

Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to gird themselves for […]
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