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Fire FAQs—What is fire severity?

Fire severity is a measure of the effects of fire on the environment—both in damage to vegetation and impacts on the soil. Fire severity is driven by weather conditions, the topography of the landscape, and the fuels that are present. Of these, weather is the overriding factor.

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

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Planning and Implementing Cross-boundary, Landscape-scale Restoration and Wildfire Risk Reduction Projects

This guide describes the process the Klamath-Lake Forest Partnership (KLFHP) has used to plan and implement cross-boundary restoration projects to achieve improved forest health conditions on large landscapes scales. It is intended as a model other individuals and communities can modify to meet the...

By 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

News Story

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