Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 290, witnessed its ceremonial signing by Governor Kate Brown along with members of the Oregon Wheat Grower’s League. The legislation makes farmers, ranchers and volunteers immune from civil liabilities resulting from wildfire fighting efforts.

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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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Wildfire Update: Bray Mill Fire near Chiloquin

Wildfire Update: Bray Mill Fire near Chiloquin

Freighters made great progress on the Bray Mill Fire overnight on the Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The fire is currently 405 acres and 25 percent contained. Firefighters report that there is no forward momentum to the fire. Full containment is anticipated by tonight.

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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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Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden today applauded H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), but said that more work remains to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Walden said that while he intends to vote in support of the 2018 Farm Bill, he is disappointed that the legislation did not include the sweeping improvements to federal forest policy that he helped secure in the House-passed version of the bill.

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Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Yesterday afternoon (12/5/18) a column of smoke could be seen over the top of Hogback Mountain near Klamath Falls. Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed that the smoke and glow of the fire is due to a controlled burn of large slash piles related to a logging operation on the east side of Hogback Mountain.

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Agency 2 Fire Burns 25 Acres Near Chiloquin

Agency 2 Fire Burns 25 Acres Near Chiloquin

5 Miles northwest of Chiloquin, Oregon the Agency 2 Fire burned. The fire was first reported Wednesday afternoon at just 3.5 acres in the Chiloquin Ranger District. Fuels include dense lodgepole, snags, and heavy dead and downed material.

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Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

SALEM, Ore. – Autumn rains may have ended Oregon’s wildfire season but not the risk of floods and debris flows following in their wake. That is why a working group of state and federal agencies have released a new playbook. The playbook will aid local officials in finding resources to help prevent or cope with potentially catastrophic wildfire after-effects.

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, OR - Crater Lake National Park will conduct a prescribed pile burning along North Entrance Road and Highway 62 West in the coming days. Fire crews will ignite the piles when conditions such as weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal are favorable.  

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Greg Walden announces hearing to examine air quality impacts of wildfire smoke

Greg Walden announces hearing to examine air quality impacts of wildfire smoke

MEDFORD, OR -- During a meeting with local business owners and community leaders in Medford today, Representative Greg Walden (R -- Hood River) announced that the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to examine the air quality impacts of wildfire smoke. Walden gathered members of the business community and local leaders in southern Oregon -- where residents are experiencing the worst air quality in the nation -- to discuss improvements to forest management to reduce the wildfires that have blanketed the region with smoke.

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Greg Walden Calls for Forest Management Reforms in Farm Bill

Greg Walden Calls for Forest Management Reforms in Farm Bill

MEDFORD, OR -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today spoke in southern Oregon -- where communities have faced unhealthy air quality from surrounding wildfires -- to call for forest management reforms in the upcoming Farm Bill. Walden secured sweeping improvements to federal forest policy in the 2018 Farm Bill that passed the House in June and today urged for those needed changes to be included in the Senate passed version of the legislation. Walden today sent a letter to the lawmakers who will negotiate the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, which reads:

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Spring Clean-Up Should Prevent, Not Start Wildfires

Spring Clean-Up Should Prevent, Not Start Wildfires

SALEM, Ore. – Many Oregonians have good intentions each spring when they set out to eliminate wildfire hazards around the home. But the tools they use may actually start a wildfire if not handled properly.

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Create a Circle of Safety Around Your Home in Case of Wildfire

Create a Circle of Safety Around Your Home in Case of Wildfire

SALEM, Ore. — May is the perfect time to create a circle of safety around your home to protect it from wildfire.  That’s one reason May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. All month long the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect a home in case a fire encroaches.

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Prescribed Fire Planned for Klamath Falls Near Highway 140

Prescribed Fire Planned for Klamath Falls Near Highway 140

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – A prescribed fire is planned starting on or about May 8 near Klamath Falls, along Highway 140 west, by the Klamath Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

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Merkley and Wyden Urge ANG to Train for Wildfires

Merkley and Wyden Urge ANG to Train for Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Ron Wyden today partnered to urge the director of the Air National Guard to rapidly begin wildfire training for National Guard members, after the senators secured both authorization in the 2018 defense bill and funding in the 2018 spending bill to provide states like Oregon the firefighting resources they need to respond to catastrophic wildfires.

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ODF Hosts National Conference on Aviation's Role in Fighting Wildfires

ODF Hosts National Conference on Aviation's Role in Fighting Wildfires

Wildfires are increasingly fought in the skies as well as on the ground. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year's National States Fire and Aviation Conference hosted by the Oregon Department of Forestry in central Oregon Feb. 6-8.

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OR Fire Managers Receive Advanced Training for Complex Incidents

OR Fire Managers Receive Advanced Training for Complex Incidents

Fire managers in Oregon will be better prepared to manage complex wildfires in the coming fire season thanks to additional training some received recently. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Coos Forest Protective Association sent a combined group of seven employees to six days of complex incident management training sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters.

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