ODF Concerned About Backyard Burns

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It may have been raining on Tuesday, but staff at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) say it won’t be enough to bring us up to where we need to be this time of year. The dry season has them concerned. And some ODF representatives say sometimes the cold weather and just … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Funding Increased

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the active start to this year’s wildfire season, it could be much worse. Last month, state lawmakers passed the Wildfire Protection Act. With that approval comes an additional $1.8 million for the Oregon Department of Forestry, which has already paid dividends in the early part of the fire season. The money–at … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Sparks Increased Regulations

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Backyard burn bans went into effect one month ago, but effective July 15, smoking and open fires are prohibited in certain forested areas. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is adding restrictions to the West Oregon Forest Protection District, which includes forests in Benton, Lincoln, Polk, and southern Yamhill counties. The ODF … Continue reading »

Fire Burns North of Eugene

COBURG HILLS, Ore. — Firefighters are working from the ground and the sky to put out a fire burning about two and a half acres in the Coburg Hills. A helicopter dumped water on the blaze on Friday evening as more than a dozen firefighters worked to extinguish it. ¬†Officials from the Oregon Department of … Continue reading »

Firefighters Train to Battle Wildfires

SWEET HOME, Ore. — New firefighters battled the heat during firefighter training on Friday. For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever fought a fire. During the week-long fire school, students spent time in the classroom learning about hazards to avoid while on the job and about emergency medical procedures like CPR. … Continue reading »

ODF Warns of Fire Danger in Warm Weather

As the temperatures rise, so does the fire danger, and the Oregon Department of Forestry is warning residents to be careful in the coming weeks. The ODF says that there haven’t been any new fires 10 acres or larger in the last week, but with the Fourth of July just around the corner, the risk … Continue reading »

Central Oregon Fire Season Starts Friday

Fire season for the Central Oregon District will start on Friday, June 14, nearly two weeks earlier than last year. The Oregon Department of Forestry made the decision after an increase in small fires in the region. District Forester George Ponte said in a press release that the area had seen lower precipitation than average … Continue reading »

Burn Ban Extended Through Summer

LANE COUNTY, Ore — Despite the recent rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast, the backyard burn ban for Lane County will stay in effect through summer. The Lane County Fire Defensive Board met Thursday to make that decision after suggestion by the Oregon Department of Forestry that the ban stay in place. The county’s … Continue reading »

ODF Reaches Out for Help

EUGENE, Ore. — A rash of fires kept response crews busy all weekend, especially since they aren’t staffed at normal fire season levels yet. The Oregon Department of Forestry says most of its summer employees are college students who aren’t out of school yet, let alone trained. ODF reps say whether or not they’re in … Continue reading »