Oregon wildfires

Oregon Department of Forestry

New rules could mean more prescribed burning in Oregon this fall.  Prescribed burns are fires set on purpose to reduce the buildup of potential wildfire fuel. The idea is that a little burning during cooler, wetter months can reduce the chance of a catastrophic, out-of-control blaze in the summer.

Recorded on: June 21, 2019

Air date: June 24, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Last fall, California’s then-Governor Jerry Brown had a warning to offer:

“This is not the new normal,” Brown said at a November 2018 press conference to update Californians about the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history. “This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10, 15, 20 years.”

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With summer approaching, tourism officials are promoting Oregon’s wilderness and recreational opportunities. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re also trying to alleviate fears over wildfire season.

In 2017, wildfires inflicted a $51 million loss to Oregon tourism. Several shutdown popular sites like Cougar Hot Springs and the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, says after back-to-back years of catastrophic wildfires, they’re getting their message out ahead of wildfire season.

Oregon Department of Forestry

New rules meant to reduce the impact of smoke from controlled forest burns are now in effect in Oregon.

Oregon Department of Forestry

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.

United States Forest Service

UPDATE: As of 7:10 pm Monday (9/3), the Terwilliger Fire 60 miles east of Eugene-Springfield continues to burn in rugged terrain.

InciWeb

Air attacks on the Terwilliger Fire burning east and west of the Cougar Reservoir were suspended Sunday after an unmanned aircraft system, or “drone”, was detected over the fire, violating a temporary flight restriction.

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden stopped by KLCC on his way to Medford Sunday where he met with fire officials battling the Garner Complex Fire in Southern Oregon. Senator Wyden shared his thoughts about the impacts of wildfires, ranging from smoke in the air to the devastation on the ground.

inciweb

The South Umpqua complex of fires in southwest Oregon has grown to nearly 5,000 and is just 10 percent contained.

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.

Recorded On: March 16, 2018

Air Date: March 19, 2018

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Cooler weather and rainfall are helping out crews battling the region’s wildfires.

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More than two dozen large wildfires are burning across Oregon.  This has raised concerns that large animals, namely bears, may come into areas where people live to forage before hibernation season.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Sisters Folk Festival

The wildfire smoke blanketing much of the state has prompted the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival in central Oregon. This is the first time the 22-year old event has been cancelled.

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Tuesday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff upgraded evacuation notices for areas in the upper McKenzie where several active wildfires are burning.

Tiffany Eckert

Right now (Tuesday afternoon)- the communities of McKenzie Bridge, Rainbow and Belknap Springs are at Level 1 (that’s “get ready”) evacuation notice.

Fire behavior analyst, Stewart Turner, told residents the moisture in the atmosphere forecast for the next couple days-- is a “give and take.”

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says there are 25 large wildfires in the region that have consumed over 367,000 acres. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency deemed the air quality "unhealthy" on Saturday.