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While last year’s wildfire season was unprecedented in Oregon, residents are warned that this newfound intensity is not going away. 

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Lane County has begun six projects intended to proactively reduce wildfire risks.

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While many Oregonians are enjoying the warmer and drier weather as of late, state firefighters are wary. That's because the rate of fires is already ahead of normal this year.

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Chances of precipitation and thunderstorms could create additional hazards for the Holiday Farm Fire area. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch early Thursday morning for areas east of Springfield, starting from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday morning. 

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said hazardous fire conditions will remain until at least Thursday.

Willamette Wildfires

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens have been asked to take precautions and practice safety measures to protect themselves and each other. This fire season, officials are taking a similar approach—reaching out to the public and urging caution to prevent new fires.

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Firefighters took advantage of Monday's calmer weather to make progress on the Sweet Creek Milepost Two Fire. The 513 acre blaze is burning on private & federal forestland near Mapleton, in western Lane County.

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A wildfire near Mapleton, in Western Lane County, has grown to 500 acres and is 0% contained. The Sweet Creek Milepost Two fire was reported Sunday afternoon and prompted evacuation orders.  

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This week marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb blasts in Japan. Oregonians can now visit dozens of new trees that have a unique connection to one of the devastated cities.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is performing several slash-burning operations on the Oregon coast on Wednesday that you’ll be able to see from Highway 101 (from Lincoln City to Waldport) and Highway 20 (from Newport and Toledo).

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As of Friday morning, the Howard Buford Recreation Area- Mt. Pisgah fire is at least 75 percent contained.

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People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

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The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, is now 45% contained due to favorable weather conditions and fire crews working around the clock. 

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With hotter, drier weather arriving this weekend, fire crews in Douglas County are making progress on the Milepost 97 fire. The blaze is one mile south of Canyonville.

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The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville continues to grow, and as of Saturday morning had burned just under 9,000 acres.

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Oregon firefighters are heading to Alaska to assist with wildfire suppression. Reports at last count were fifty eight small fires in the state.

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While it feels like fall with the cooler overnight temperatures and with the leaves changing color, fire officials want to remind Oregonians that it’s still fire season.

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Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry raised the fire danger level back up to blue or “moderate” in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County. But, overall, it’s been pretty safe in the district this season.

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It seemed like fall in the Southern Willamette Valley – cooler mornings, overcast skies and even rain.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

More than 100 firefighters are working on the Silver Creek fire east of Salem in Silver Falls State Park. The fire, reported on July 12th, forced the evacuation of a YMCA youth camp on Friday, and has closed some backcounty trails. The fire is currently estimated at 27 acres and continues to burn in in remote, steep, timbered terrain in the Howard Creek drainage.

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Last summer, wildfires brought unprecedented smoke to Eugene and other Oregon cities. High particulate levels caused cancellations of outdoor events, and people became fluent in air quality numbers.

 

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It's wildfire season in Oregon, and a class of new wildland firefighters is ready to help. About 200 students from all over western Oregon trained in Sweet Home last week, studying fire behavior and learning to use tools and equipment. The 22nd annual Mid-Willamette Interagency Fire School culminated with a live exercise off Highway 20.

 


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Given the warm end to last summer and drier than normal winter, the Oregon Department of Forestry expects a higher chance of trees dying from drought or secondary attack by bark beetles this summer. The agency encourages tree and forest owners to watch for continuing drought symptoms like dead tops, dead branches, thinning canopies and stressed cone crops.

Central Oregon Fire Info

Wildfires are hard to predict. But officials are preparing for what might be a busy fire season in Oregon. This Saturday, some local homeowners are doing their part to make their homes more resistant when fires do happen. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson has more.

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Southwest of Roseburg, crews continue to fight the Horse Prairie Fire, which has burned more than 2,500 acres.  This afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation notice for residents in the Riddle community near Lower Cow Creek. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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A new Oregon State University study shows forest fires have increased across the Pacific Northwest, with more severe blazes negatively affecting old growth forests.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Drought Weakens Oregon's Conifer Trees

Oct 9, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Oregon has seen record drought the last couple of years, and it’s taken a toll on the state’s conifers. But it’s not just water stress killing these trees—insects and disease that thrive in drier weather are just as deadly.

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Cooler weather helped crews get a handle on a fire burning west of Junction City.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Timber companies in Oregon are closing access to their lands due to fire risks.

The News-Review reports that Roseburg Forest Products, D.R. Johnson in Riddle and Lonerock Timber in Camas Valley have either closed or reduced access to their lands until the hot and potentially combustible weather subsides.

Roseburg Forest Products released a statement Monday saying its closure will remain in effect indefinitely.

Central Oregon Fire Info

It's been a wet winter, but fire season is just around the corner. The Oregon Department of Forestry is already planning for summer 2016.   

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