EUGENE, Ore. -- As the days get warmer and vegetation starts to dry out, wildfires are back on Western Oregon's mind.
To help prevent a large-scale inferno like what Oregon saw in 2020, state lawmakers awarded the Oregon Department of Forestry nearly $5 million for fuel reduction across the state. Nearly $600,00 of that money will be going to Lane County.
Alex Rahmlow works with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a policy analyst and in the partnership and planning program. He said this money will help create public and private partnerships in the state to tackle the growing threat of severe wildfires.
"We all have been continually learning with increasing severity and cost of our wildfires here in Oregon," Rahmlow said. "This has been a trend going on for the last 30 years now -- the problem is too big for one agency or one program to tackle."
The money will be used to reduce fuel on 7,000 acres of land in Oregon. In Lane County, the focus of fuel reduction will be in the western part of the county near places like Crow, Veneta, Noti, and also in the South Hills of Eugene. The plan is to use prescribed burns and other tools to remove potential fuel that could add to the severity of a fire.