Monthly Archives: July 2018

In the news: Can ‘Moneyball’ fix how the West manages wildfire?

flames and smoke are visible along a tree-lined ridge in a photo taken from a vehicle window

“Can ‘Moneyball’ Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?” That’s the question posed by EarthFix reporter Tony Schick in a story posted today to Oregon Public Radio’s website.

He follows USDA Forest Service researchers, employees, and partners on their dive deep into the data for western wildfires, exploring the many factors that influence decisions pressures on when to fight fires, when to let them do their ecological work, and why it’s often hard for land managers to make that call.

Read more, at

NIFC reports 1,300 lightning strikes in S. Oregon overnight

Map depicting heavy lightning in southern Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 16, 2018 –The Northwest Interagency Fire Information Center reports higher-than-average temperatures, low humidity, and lack of rain are contributing to new fire starts in southern Oregon following thunderstorms that brought more than 13,000 lightning strikes in the past 24 hours.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, located in southwest Oregon, reported more than 100 new fire starts today, following the storms, and is implementing seasonal restrictions on potentially fire-causing activities on the forest.

The Umpqua National Forest also announced seasonal fire restrictions are in effect on that forest, beginning today, due to the hot, dry weather and rising wildland fire risk.

The Klamathon Fire, which has been burning in north-central California just south of the Oregon border, is 90 percent contained as of this morning, according to Inciweb. a federal and state inter-agency wildland fire incident information system.

The National Weather Service in Pendleton, Ore. has issued a red flag warning for southern Oregon from Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. through Wednesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. due to forecasted wind gusts and continuing dry weather creating elevated fire risk and potential for extreme fire behavior.

Read more Pacific NW wildland fire-related news and weather info on the Northwest Fire Information Center blog:

For more information about specific, large (named) fires, visit InciWeb:

Map depicting heavy lightning in southern Oregon

The Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center in Portland, OR reported 1336 lightning strikes in 24 hours in southern Oregon, from 8 a.m. July 15 to 8 a.m. July 16, 2018.

Source Information: Northwest Fire Information Center, InciWeb, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest (staff reports)

Forest Service at Oregon Zoo July 17 & Aug. 21

Smokey Bear waves to someone off-camera as he leads a group down a walking path at an outdoor event.

PORTLAND, Ore.July 16, 2018 – The Forest Service provides outdoors education activities and information at the Oregon Zoo during “Twilight Tuesdays,” July 17 and Aug. 21.

The zoo offers reduced-price admission for $5 per person on designated Tuesdays during the summer months, from 5-8 p.m. (or $3.50 with proof of TriMet public transit ridership to the event).

The USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region partners with the zoo to offer conservation education events to youth in Portland’s metro area throughout the year.

Admission info:

SOURCE INFORMATION: USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region staff.

Above – Visitors received stickers, explored “bat boxes,” and got lots of information about National Forests in the Pacific Northwest during last year’s Oregon Zoo ‘Twilight Tuesday’ event, Aug. 15, 2017. USDA Forest Service photos by Heather Ibsen, Gifford Pinchot National Forest Public Affairs.