New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

SALEM, Ore. – Revised rules that protect air quality in areas of Oregon susceptible to smoke from controlled forest burns have gone into effect just as the spring burning season gets underway. The new rules were adopted in January by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, following a multi-year review process by a broad-based committee.

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Gov. Brown Signs Executive Order Creating the Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Gov. Brown Signs Executive Order Creating the Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Medford, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Wildfire Response Council and named Matt Donegan as Chair. The charge of the council is to evaluate Oregon's current system of response to large fires, and determine whether or not the current model is the best possible way to defend Oregon from the threat of wildfires. The council will issue a report in September 2019 to make recommendations for the future of Oregon's wildfire response infrastructure. 

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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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BLM Announces the First Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew

BLM Announces the First Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Oregon/Washington office announced today the Lakeview Veterans Fire Crew has achieved certification as the Lakeview Veterans Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC).  Of the 112 IHCs throughout the nation, Lakeview Veterans is the tenth BLM-funded hotshot crew, and the only one focused on recruiting and developing veterans.

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Oregon Sends Equipment and Personnel to Camp Fire [VIDEO]

Oregon Sends Equipment and Personnel to Camp Fire [VIDEO]

Using its emergency mobilization plan, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has activated its Agency Operations Center and is in the process of mobilizing 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the Camp Fire in California.  

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2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), which protects roughly 16 million acres of private, state and federal lands, officially declared the end of fire season statewide yesterday, Oct. 29.

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Target Shooting Ruled Official Cause of Stukel fire

Target Shooting Ruled Official Cause of Stukel fire

The cause of the Stukel Fire, which began in Klamath Falls Sunday afternoon, has been identified. A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement investigation determined the fire started in an area being used for target shooting and evidence of exploding targets was collected.  

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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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Crater Lake National Park Rescinds Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Crater Lake National Park Rescinds Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

CRATER LAKE, OREGON – The fire danger level within Crater Lake National Park has dropped from high to moderate due to recent moisture and predicted cooler temperatures. Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry is also declaring an end to fire season in this area. Effective October 12, 2018 at 12:01 am, Crater Lake National Park will lift the fire restrictions implemented on July 13, 2018.

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Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 7 in recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.

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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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