wildfire http://ijpr.org en Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires http://ijpr.org/post/lots-lightning-lots-small-fires <p></p><p>Thunderstorms moved through Southern Oregon and Northern California Tuesday night, with thousands of lightning strikes recorded on both sides of the state line.</p><p>The National Weather Service reports more than 1,200 downstrikes in Jackson County alone.</p><p>And so the <a href="http://www.swofire.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Department of Forestry </strong></a>reports multiple fires caused by lightning, most of them less than two acres in size.</p><p>The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest also reports more than a dozen new fires, also small.&nbsp; Crews scattered in search of new smokes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:13:04 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 16375 at http://ijpr.org Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires Fire Season Intensifies http://ijpr.org/post/fire-season-intensifies <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>July and August can be tricky months to try to schedule interviews with firefighters and their bosses.&nbsp;</p><p>The region's propensity for high heat AND dry lightning often converge in raging wildfires in the month of July. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And true to form, we scheduled an interview shortly before new fires forced evacuations in Shasta and Klamath Counties. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 15870 at http://ijpr.org Fire Season Intensifies Klamath County Fire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations http://ijpr.org/post/klamath-county-fire-destroys-homes-forces-evacuations <p></p><p></p><p>A wildfire in Klamath County burned down half a dozen homes and continues to threaten 100 more.</p><p>The<a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/" target="_blank"><strong> Moccasin Hill fire</strong></a> began burning Sunday afternoon (July 13) and has spread to 2500 acres.&nbsp; The acreage figure is actually smaller than earlier reports, due to better mapping and reconnaissance.</p><p>The fire is burning on mostly private land under Oregon Department of Forestry protection, north of the community of Sprague River.</p><p>Fire agencies say the cause is under investigation. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:13:22 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 15893 at http://ijpr.org Klamath County Fire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations Bryant Fire Lined; Growth Stalled http://ijpr.org/post/bryant-fire-lined-growth-stalled <p></p><p>A Klamath County wildfire that put up a fight over the weekend is slowly coming under control.</p><p>The <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/" target="_blank"><strong>Bryant Fire</strong></a> started Thursday six miles from the town of Bonanza, and quickly covered hundreds of acres.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been burning in heavy timber owned by Jeld-Wen, the Klamath Falls door-and-window maker.&nbsp;</p><p>Reports early Monday put the fire's size at 1,361 acres.&nbsp; Firefighters succeeded in getting a line around the fire over the weekend, with full containment expected later in the week. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:36:28 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 14587 at http://ijpr.org Bryant Fire Lined; Growth Stalled Slow Progress On Klamath County Fire http://ijpr.org/post/slow-progress-klamath-county-fire <p>A wildfire burning in eastern Klamath County is giving firefighters challenges.</p><p>The Bryant Fire grew to more than 800 acres Friday, burning on private timberland six miles from the town of Bonanza.</p><p>The Oregon Department of Forestry assigned a Type 2 State Fire Team to take over management of the fire, effective at 6 PM Friday. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 14469 at http://ijpr.org Slow Progress On Klamath County Fire National Wildland Fire Strategy http://ijpr.org/post/national-wildland-fire-strategy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Wildland fires grab our attention and headlines easily.&nbsp;</p><p>They seem to get bigger and more numerous every year.&nbsp;</p><p>But away from the headlines, work has quietly been underway to develop a broad strategy for approaching fires and their causes.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/strategy/thestrategy.shtml" target="_blank"><strong>National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy</strong></a> ordered by Congress five years ago was recently released.&nbsp; Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 13709 at http://ijpr.org National Wildland Fire Strategy Smoke From Bend Area Fills Rogue Valley Skies http://ijpr.org/post/smoke-bend-area-fills-rogue-valley-skies <p>Fire season is only a week old, and Rogue Valley residents are already asking "where's the fire?"</p><p>The answer: near Bend. &nbsp;Oregon Forestry confirms that the smoke pall hanging over the Rogue Valley blew in from the <a href="http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Two Bulls Fire </strong></a>northwest of Bend, which had covered more than 6,000 acres of land by Sunday morning (June 8).</p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:00:53 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 13764 at http://ijpr.org Smoke From Bend Area Fills Rogue Valley Skies Here We Go: Fire Season Begins In Oregon http://ijpr.org/post/here-we-go-fire-season-begins-oregon <p></p><p>There wasn't much suspense, and now it's over: fire season begins at the start of the day (12:01 AM) on Monday, June 2, 2014 for Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.</p><p>The Oregon Department of Forestry announced the declaration of fire season early Friday.</p><p>The declaration puts a set of restrictions in place on activities that could potentially cause fires to start: debris burning, use of certain kinds of ammunition, and logging, among others (restrictions list <a href="http://www.swofire.com/" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a>). Fri, 30 May 2014 23:03:56 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 13343 at http://ijpr.org Here We Go: Fire Season Begins In Oregon On The Verge Of Fire Season http://ijpr.org/post/verge-fire-season <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season.&nbsp;</p><p>So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live.&nbsp;</p><p>But this fire season, which could be declared at any time (already underway south of the state line) , threatens to be a rough one in <a href="http://www.swofire.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon </strong></a>and <a href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/" target="_blank"><strong>California.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p>It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought.&nbsp; Thu, 29 May 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 13196 at http://ijpr.org On The Verge Of Fire Season Defensible Space In Case Of Wildfire http://ijpr.org/post/defensible-space-case-wildfire <p></p><p></p><p>Oregon girds for the start of fire season every year about this time.&nbsp;</p><p>If the gathering drought and the recent hot weather are any guide, it could be an intense fire season.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.keeporegongreen.org/defensible%20space.html" target="_blank"><strong>Keep Oregon Green Association </strong></a>is determined to keep any fires as small as possible.&nbsp; Tue, 06 May 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11878 at http://ijpr.org Defensible Space In Case Of Wildfire