Oregon Department of Forestry dousing fires quickly thanks to more people and equipment

By Oregon Department of Forestry
The Tillamook Headlight Herald
August 17, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Frankly, our people have been kicking butt,” said the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tim Holschbach, Deputy Chief of Policy and Planning for the Fire Protection Division. As of Monday, ODF Districts have suppressed 418 fires, and held them to 582 acres total. The 10-year average for this point in the fire season is 590 fires and 56,121 acres burned. …More people have been the key to knocking out fires on lands the department is responsible for protecting. “Investments into the wildfire protection system from Senate Bill 762 allowed us to not only hire additional season firefighters to increase response, but also additional full-time positions to increase response capacity year-round,” said Holschbach.  “I can’t say how many millions of dollars in firefighting costs we have saved by being able to quickly suppress these fires—keeping them small, off the landscape and out of our communities.”

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