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.

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Lane County’s air quality gets a dismal grade in the latest annual report by the American Lung Association. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, wildfires are to blame.

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It was a particularly snowy and wet winter this year.  But a fire official says that doesn’t mean it’ll alleviate the summer’s potential for wildfires.

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Climate change has created hotter and drier conditions, which in turn have made wildfires larger and more intense. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new forest plan addresses those factors.

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The “Camp Fire” in northern California has just destroyed the town of Paradise.  The state is experiencing six major wildfires, currently.

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Cooling temperatures and increased precipitation means prescribed burns will soon be allowed again throughout Douglas County. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports this can help to prevent wildfires.

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Forest officials say nationwide, at least 19 incidents involving drones and fire-fighting aircraft have happened this year. And they’re rebuking suggestions fire crews simply shoot them down.

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With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.

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Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management is collaborating with other state agencies to further raise fire prevention awareness.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports the goal is to reduce human-caused fires.

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As fire fighting season continues, forest and aviation officials are calling on drone operators to keep their unmanned aerial systems grounded. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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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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U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (in Washington State) are helping fight fires in southern Oregon. 200 soldiers have been deployed to the Umpqua North Complex of Fires, which has burned nearly 40-thousand acres east of Roseburg.

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The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

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Beginning Friday, the Umpqua National Forest -and lands under the Douglas Forest Protective Association- will be at Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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50 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua North Complex has burned about 21,000 acres.  It’s a large and difficult series of fires for crews to battle.  

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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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Roughly 20 wildfires are burning across Oregon, including the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, which has destroyed more than 117,000 acres.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the fire remains uncontained.  

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Low-income Oregonians who’ve had their home destroyed by wildfires might be able to get financial help.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Among the countless millions of people who viewed yesterday’s solar eclipse, were firefighters across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, suppression efforts in Oregon were actually helped by the event. 

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As of Tuesday afternoon, crews are tackling 15 wildfires across Oregon.   That’s according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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Six wildfires are currently burning away in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, fire officials want people to be extra careful given some changing factors.

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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.  

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Complacency and fear of retaliation are keeping victims from reporting gender discrimination and sexual harassment in wildland fire management.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports that’s the gist of a new report released this week. 

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.   

Thousands of farm workers living in wildfire country are particularly vulnerable in times of emergency. One problem is that warnings in Spanish don’t reach everyone that needs to hear them.

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Bow hunting season opened in Oregon over the weekend. Local land managers are welcoming visitors to the forests, but they have several cautions.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have brought a taste of fall.

But Jude McHugh of the Willamette National Forest says the moisture hasn’t penetrated the tree canopy, and fire danger remains high:

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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.

Northwest wildfires have had widespread effects on travel and air quality. Another unfortunate consequence is a critically low blood supply.

Several compounding factors have squeezed the blood supply. Mobile donation drivers can’t get to some rural sites, and university and high school drives aren’t yet running. There are other reasons, too, says Cynthia Vignos of the Lane Blood Center:

Haze Settles Over Western Oregon

Aug 23, 2015
Anni Katz

Monday’s air quality is slightly improved in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Oakridge continues to have unhealthy levels of particulate matter due to smoke from the area’s wildfires. That’s according to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

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Air quality in the south Willamette Valley declined earlier this week due to smoke from wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California. A new fire south of Eugene has further increased risks. Residents may need to prepare for a long stretch of hazy conditions.

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