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Eugene City Councilors will consider a ban on the use, and eventual sale of fireworks in parts of the city to mitigate wildfire risk in the South Hills.

Jennifer Ford

Update: 8:42 p.m. 8/30/2020.

Several fires sparked Sunday about a mile from Mapleton have grown to about 300 acres and are being managed as one wildfire.

Forest Service Manages Wildfire Near Opal Creek

Aug 18, 2020
U.S. Forest Service

A fire estimated at ten acres large is currently burning north of Detroit. The U.S. Forest Service categorized it as a Type 3 Fire, and assigned a management team and hotshot firefighters to the blaze.

Cascadia Wildlands

A conservation group is taking legal action against the Bureau of Land Management for its proposed logging in Thurston Hills near Springfield.

US Forest Service

UPDATE: As of Monday (8/10/2020) morning, the Willamette National Forest campfire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are now banned on the Willamette National Forest outside of developed campgrounds and certain wilderness areas.

With hot, dry weather continuing, fire danger ratings are at a high for much of western Oregon. 

Ashley Horn / U.S. Forest Service

Crews are responding to six new fires across the Willamette National Forest following Monday’s thunderstorms.

Douglas County Only Beginning to See Seasonal Fires

Jul 28, 2020
Douglas Forest Protective Association

This past week, the Douglas Forest Protective Association fought ten wildfires ranging from one to 25 acres. This shortly follows Douglas County’s raised fire danger level for both the public and industrial workers.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Several members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Forest Service for awarding a new type of firefighting contract meant to save the agency money.

inciweb

Crews battling a complex of fires in southwest Oregon are facing heavy smoke, dry fuels, and windy conditions.

Oregon State Parks

A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.

Molly Solomon / OPB

The substation fire has grown to 36,000 acres south east of The Dalles. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fatality Wednesday.

National Interagency Coordination Center

Fire season started a little early this year with small blazes in the region. Officials are preparing for what’s expected to be a busy summer.

Oregon Department of Forestry

As people head out for Memorial Day weekend camping trips, fire officials are urging caution. Ed Hiatt is the Northwest Oregon Inter-agency Fire Management staff officer in Springfield.

inciweb

Friday is the first day of autumn and with recent rains it looks like fire season is winding down.

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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.

Inciweb

Oregon is in the thick of active fire season. Nearly 2 dozen blazes are burning around the state. This weekend’s hot, dry conditions make it especially challenging for fire crews.

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Hot and dry conditions are adding to the challenges firefighters are facing as they battle 23 active wildfires throughout Oregon, and wildfire smoke has caused air quality conditions to deteriorate.

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Tens of Thousands of people have to change their plans for next Monday’s solar eclipse because wildfire has closed some prime viewing sites in the Willamette National Forest.

inciweb

With record high temperatures and low relative humidity, fire weather conditions have worsened in the Willamette National Forest. Officials have banned campfires effective Saturday.

Central Oregon Fire Info

Heavy rainfall this spring helped boost Oregon's snowpack after several years of below-average levels. Depending on how wet or dry the rest of the spring turns out, the 2017 wildfire season could be less dramatic than in previous years.

Willamette National Forest

A popular trail along the McKenzie River will remain closed through the weekend. Crews are fighting the 2 1/2 acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls east of Eugene.

The cost of fighting wildfires has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. At the same time, close to two million acres of wildland have been developed each year.

One of the major drivers of that expense is protecting lives and property in fire-prone areas where people didn’t used to live.

Conventional wisdom says forests in the West are overstocked and need to be thinned to prevent “catastrophic” wildfires. But some researchers say focusing on reducing fuels downplays a greater and growing driver of wildfire: climate change.

A century of putting out wildfires has left many forests in the West much thicker than in the past. That buildup of fire fuel is widely seen as a disaster waiting to happen. 

And an innovative project in Ashland, Oregon is an example of an increasingly popular approach to dealing with that fire risk.

Courtney Flatt / Earthfix

2015 was the worst wildfire season in Washington state history: three young firefighters died and hundreds of homes burned in blazes that sent more than a million acres up in smoke. For residents of central Washington, a recent gathering offered the first chance to come together and ponder the future in a region likely to see more and bigger fires in years to come.

OPB

Autumn starts Wednesday, and cooler weather will soon follow. This is a relief for firefighters and residents whose homes were threatened during this summer's fire season.

inciweb

Fire crews battling the Canyon Creek Complex of fires near John Day say people who've been evacuated for weeks can now return to their homes. Evacuation alerts were lifted Wednesday but some residents must still be on notice to leave if conditions change.

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High winds are fueling the Canyon Creek Complex Fires this weekend.

Les Zaitz/AP

When Oregon families lose their homes in a wildfire, they can now get a little help rebuilding. The new “Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account” is open.

Oregon Representative Mike McLane calls it a way to “fill the gap” when families lose everything to wildfire. He sponsored House Bill 3148 to provide assistance in the form of small grants to those eligible. 

The money, $5,000 per household, is meant to supplement insurance and personal savings. Eligibility is based on income levels.

NASA Earth Observatory

This weekend the South Willamette Valley was blanketed with smoke from wildfires, mainly burning east of the cascades. Monday, conditions have improved. It's because the wind changed direction.

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