Tag Archives: Wildfires

Above-ground power lines grow in risk as climate changes

Trees toppling onto above-ground power lines spark wildfires, more than 1,000 of them in the last decade in California alone. The wires snap in blizzards and hurricanes, causing dayslong outages. Everywhere, power poles topple in all kinds of disasters, blocking escape routes. Around the U.S., dealing with the vulnerability of overhead power lines — one […]
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Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a life if his creation could prevent someone from being electrocuted by a downed live […]
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Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires

The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday that provides some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. The bill would be the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its wildfire team and restore the health of forests, the commissioner’s office […]
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New study shows Blue Mountains forests are changing, intensifying fire dangers

A new study indicates climate changes will intensify wildfires in Oregon’s southern Blue Mountains, making them more frequent, more extensive and more severe. Brooke Cassell, a forest ecologist who now lives in Everett, Washington, led a team of researchers from Portland State University, North Carolina State University, the University of New Mexico and the U.S. […]
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Columbia Gorge Pikas Are Coming Back After Wildfire, Scientists Say

Scientists are finding evidence pikas are making a comeback in the Columbia River Gorge. The Oregon Zoo’s Cascades Pika Watch has data that indicates the pint-sized pikas’ populations in the gorge are increasing after the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. American pikas are small mammals related to rabbits, known for their distinctive, high-pitched calls. Source: Columbia Gorge Pikas […]
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Fire camera keeps eye on county

Fire detection has come a long way in the 75 years since Smokey the Bear was first created to remind us, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” In fact, it now includes technology almost unimaginable when Smokey was created in 1944. The first Smokey was an imaginary bear for an ad campaign, but after an […]
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Editorial: Wildfire panel establishes worthy goals

A month after Gov. Kate Brown’s Council on Wildfire Response raised eyebrows throughout the Oregon by estimating that it will take $4 billion over 20 years to improve the state’s ability to respond to wildfires, the council this week released its recommendations on how that money should be spent. At first glance, it appears the […]
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Officials recap a mild fire season

Now that fire season is over, area officials recapped the quiet season and found even fewer fires in the area to follow last year’s already mild season. Barry Shullenberger, an interagency fire staff officer with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership said he’s, “Happy we got to breathe good fresh air this summer.” Shullenberger […]
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Dry Conditions Cause Worry About Salmon Runs, Fires

Conditions are dry in southern Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that with streams running at a trickle, fish biologists are worried about access for spawning salmon. Fire officials have asked the public to avoid outdoor burning until it rains. Source: Dry Conditions Cause Worry About Salmon Runs, Fires | Oregon News | US […]
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An overlooked firefighting tool in state: lookout towers

Even in our technologically advanced age, most reports of fires are called in by observant folks, often using cellphones. The ubiquity of these devices means an increased ability to detect wildfire more quickly. But a fair portion of California still has poor or no cellular coverage. Utilities that shut down power as a wildfire-prevention measure […]
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