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Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program

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. In 2018, Oregon experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons on record with over 800,000 acres burned across the State resulting in ecological, social, and economic damage. Wildfires cost the state of Oregon millions of dollars each year; and billions across the Nation.

Forestry & Natural Resources Extension aims to offers a comprehensive, consistent, and cohesive approach to a Fire Program for all its people. Read the Fire Program All-Lands, Multi-Scale Initiative for Oregon.

OR, watch Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, Daniel Leavell, present on the Fire Program Initiative at Elevate Extension!


In the News


New digital tools developed by Oregon State University will enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don’t adhere to.


Historically, there were arguments about the authority of federal entities, lack of local community engagement, or disagreement about fire response strategies and tactics. Now, a study led by Oregon State University finds that these tensions have lessened– rapidly in Idaho and gradually in Oregon.

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