It may be spring, but wildfire knows no season, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Crews from the DFPA responded to a natural cover fire about two miles southwest of Glendale, near the Douglas and Josephine County line, shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. The firefighters worke…
Fir Grove Elementary School fifth grader Naomi Osunacuriel attempted to maneuver a shovel into rocky soil Friday as fellow student Sara Beth Cook held a small Douglas Fir sapling.
Douglas County officials and Oregon’s Congressional delegation hailed the extension of Secure Rural Schools payments for two years as a victory last month, when the 2018 omnibus spending bill including the payments was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump.
The U.S. Forest Service will continue its plans to restore about 3,000 acres of forestland, despite the wildfires that burned 56,000 acres across the Umpqua National Forest this past summer.
While studies warn that climate change has been found to increase the intensity and extent of wildfires across the Northwest, forestry experts and climate change observers say a potential connection remains hazy in Douglas County.
Based on a true story about an elite group of firefighters called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the film “Only the Brave” portrays the physical and emotional aspects of wildland firefighting — from the tactics of fighting fire with fire to the toll it takes on the crews’ families.
While cloudy and rainy weather has kept fire activity down, it has prevented crews from flying over the Umpqua North Complex and the Umpqua National Forest with infrared cameras to get up-to-date estimates of the fires’ acreage.