Prescribed burning (Photo credit: Sarah Hamman, Center for Lands Management)

Fuels reduction

Creating cross boundary partnerships

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 2017, Oregon experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons on record with over 700,000 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.

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Citizens learn to be safe from wildfire

Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the seminar. Participants began with classroom activities and OSU’s Kara Baylog moderated a slideshow of information on who fights fires, fire science, defensible space, the home ignition zone and fire-resistant landscaping and building materials.

Douglas Complex fire

“We leveraged a fire severity metric that integrates fire intensity and tree susceptibility. We demonstrated how industrial forest management increases these aspects of fire risk,” said Harold Zald, lead author and a former post-doctoral scientist at Oregon State. Zald, who is now an assistant professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, worked with Christopher Dunn, who is currently a post-doc at OSU.

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