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Fire FAQs—What is forest fuel, and what are fuel treatments?

Forest fuel is combustible biomass—everything from needles and twigs to shrubs, downed trees, and logs. Wildland fire managers reduce and rearrange fuel to reduce the probability of forest fires. Fuel treatments include thinning, prescribed burning, pruning, and mowing. A combination of treatments...

By Carrie Berger, Stephen Fitzgerald, Dan Leavell

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Fire FAQs—Who owns Oregon's forests, and how does that matter when it comes to fire?

Oregon's wildfire landscape is clouded by the mix of public and private interests that control more than 30 million acres. Forests make up nearly half of Oregon, and most forests fall under federal management. Forest ownership factors into both the number of fires and the size to which they grow.

By Carrie Berger, Stephen Fitzgerald, Lauren Grand, Dan Leavell

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Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Jul 30, 2018
Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.

By Chris Branam
Jul 30, 2018

News Story

Intact sagebrush ecosystems respond well to fire

Jun 1, 2017
The condition of the site dictates the post-fire recovery of the affected plants

By Chris Branam
Jun 1, 2017

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OSU scientist-writers win national prize for ‘Ricky’s Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire’

Feb 16, 2017
The colorful adventure story aims to get young people excited about science

By Gail Wells
Feb 16, 2017

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Are native grasses a good fire-resistant option in the high desert?

I would like to replace my existing lawn with natural grasses. I live just east of Bend, Oregon in the high desert. My goal is to reduce watering needs and mowing requirements. Because I live outside of town maintaining an effective fire perimeter is important. Any suggestions on replacing the lawn...

By Amy Jo Detweiler