Forests across the western United States are stressed from high tree densities, drought, and insect and disease outbreaks. Past management practices along with more human-caused wildfire and changes in weather are causing wildfires to burn hotter, longer, more frequent, and over greater areas. We need to change the culture of fire and be more proactive, not reactive. The fire program will be part of Oregon’s wildfire solution.
A red flag warning means high fire danger. The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings to alert land management agencies to critical conditions that could lead to rapid increases in wildfire activity. The forecasts are critical information for planning prescribed burns.
The “Wildfire Wednesdays” webinar series launches March 17 with a noon-1 p.m. presentation by Extension’s Forestry and Natural Resources Program’s Fire Program team. Webinars are scheduled for March 31, April 14, April 28, May 19, June 2 and June 16.
Learn topics such as current weather and fuel conditions, challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and people’s roles in where fires occur and how we can prevent them. Presenters also discuss the home ignition zone and why structures ignite.
Gain an understanding of what it means to be prepared to evacuate, including a demonstration on how to build your personal go-packs.
Fire doesn’t stop at property lines so we must create resilient landscapes as a community. Different communities, different ways to prepare for wildfire. Listen to five panelists from all over Oregon and learn about the way they have come together to reduce fuels and mitigate fire risk.
Glenn, Amanda, and Jean are still working hard to continue the delivery of forestry education through these difficult times. We are still delivering programs virtually, and we had our first field class in March (reforestation). ...
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