The Douglas County Board of Commissioners announced Friday it has requested Gov. Kate Brown approve an emergency drought order for Douglas County.
After four consecutive months of abundant rainfall, an abnormally dry March still has Douglas County and the Umpqua River Basin at a moderate drought status.
Much needed snow in the Cascade Mountains and recent rains in the valleys are expected to alleviate drought conditions that plagued Douglas County through much of 2020.
Diamond Lake Resort received an estimated 22 inches of fresh snow over the past weekend and could see as much as an additional 12 to 24 inches Wednesday to Monday as a series of wet weather systems roll through the region.
Douglas Forest Protective Association officials aren’t ready to pull the proverbial trigger on starting fire season in Douglas County. Not yet, anyway.
Drought conditions in Douglas County and around much of Oregon have helped prompt a meeting with state officials and local county commissioners to discuss a course of action in the coming months.
The 2018 drought, coupled with the February snowstorm, took a toll on forested lands in Douglas County, according to Phil Morton, executive director of the county Farm Service Agency.
After several substantial winter and early spring storms, Douglas County is completely drought-free for the first time in almost a year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
After the biggest snowstorm in decades hit Douglas County this week, the one upside may be drought relief.
A “powerful” pacific storm that began drenching the West Coast on Wednesday is expected to include rain for Douglas County through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area, near the Miles Fire, were reduced to level 2 as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Flying 1,500 feet above the forested lands of Oregon, forest officials worked quickly to identify and document tree mortality.
Weakened by the recent droughts, large numbers of trees throughout southwestern Oregon are dying off and may continue to do so for months to come, experts say.