Lessons in the Woods

Lessons in the Woods

Gadge Riffle carefully put the seedling in the hole and covered it with dirt before packing the ground around the new tree with his feet.

“I planted a tree!” he told his sixth-grade teacher, Jason Dornhecker, as the class walked along a path in the woods, adding, “Well, I know they’ll unplant it and plant it again so they can show the others how to do it.”

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Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Lakeview, Ore. – The Poker Fire was discovered around 11:00 AM on September 15, 2019, and has grown to approximately 15,000 acres.  Fire suppression resources are on scene actively suppressing the fire and additional resources are on order.  High winds made it difficult for fire resources to contain the fire Sunday but with the predicted rains coming firefighters are hopeful they can get some containment of the Poker Fire by Monday evening.  As of Monday morning the fire has received light precipitation.

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Protection proposed for rare bumblebee found only in Southern Oregon & Northern California

Protection proposed for rare bumblebee found only in Southern Oregon & Northern California

Southern Oregon – Franklin’s bumblebee has the smallest geographic range of any bumblebee species in North America. The hills of southwest Oregon and northern California are where this elusive bee calls home. Although it has always been hard to spot, the bee has not been observed in its native habitat since 2006.

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Tucker Fire 2,461 Acres and Growing

Tucker Fire 2,461 Acres and Growing

Newell, Calif. - The Tucker Fire, started yesterday afternoon along the east side of Hwy 139 near Dry Lake, was last reported at 2,461 acres. 200 Firefighters from eight different resources responded to the fire and immediately reported erratic fire behavior and activity in all areas of the fire.

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Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised serious concerns about a new U.S. Forest Service proposal to gut environmental rules for forest management projects at a time when there’s a serious backlog of wildfire prevention work.

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2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

Upcoming and forecasted warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:01 AM on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Walker Range Forest Patrol Association.

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Bray Mill Fire burning near Chiloquin

Bray Mill Fire burning near Chiloquin

Chiloquin, Ore. - The Bray Mill Fire is currently burning on the Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The fire is currently 200 acres and is burning on National Forest System land approximately 4 miles northeast of Chiloquin. The fire was reported today at approximately 3:00 PM.

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Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 18, 2018

Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 18, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS OR. – Hard work by firefighters on the ground combined with air resources has resulted in 90 percent containment of the 518 acre Stukel Fire. Fire crews will continue mop up operations today while addressing rehabilitation needs from dozer line created during suppression of the fire.

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Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 17, 2018

Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 17, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS OR. – With assistance from air support, firefighters made great progress on the fire, increasing the containment to 70 percent by connecting lines on the north side of the Stukel fire from the west to the east. The line on the east side of the fire, to protect infrastructure, is in place keeping the fire from moving towards communications towers and private property.

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Crews Work to Gain Containment of the Stukel Fire

Crews Work to Gain Containment of the Stukel Fire

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Firefighters continue to work on establishing control lines on the south end of Stukel Mountain. Priority is to keep the fire east of Hill Road, and south and west of Stukel Road.

Suppression priority today will be protection of private property, and the communications site on the summit of Stukel Mountain.

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Fast-moving Stukel Fire grows to 750 acres [LIVE VIDEO]

Fast-moving Stukel Fire grows to 750 acres [LIVE VIDEO]

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership resources are on scene working to stop the spread of the Stukel Fire approximately 4 miles southwest of Olene, OR.

The fire was reported this afternoon and is primarily burning on Bureau of Land Management (Klamath Falls Resource Area) protected land, and some private. It is burning in grass and brush in fairly steep terrain on Stukel Mountain and is visible from Klamath Falls and surrounding areas.

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Butte Valley Wildlife Area Control Burn

Butte Valley Wildlife Area Control Burn

Yreka, Ca- CAL FIRE will be assisting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Butte Valley Wildlife Area with a control burn in the next couple months’ weather permitting. The specific burn location will be near Pond 9A.

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Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be conducting prescribed fire operations starting September 25, 2018 on the Fremont-Winema NF Chemult Ranger District, as environmental conditions permit.

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Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Now that fall weather has arrived, fire managers on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex are looking for opportunities to apply prescribed fire to the landscape.

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Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be lifting Public Use Restrictions effective at midnight tonight for most of the area. Public Use Restrictions remain in effect for the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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