Oregon officials work ahead of wildfire season to reduce risk

By Brian Bull
Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 22, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly $3 million is being invested into projects intended to lessen wildfire risk across Oregon. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office says $2.7 million are going towards what’s called community wildfire protection plans. There are over two dozen ready-to-go in 25 counties. They include fuel mitigation programs, defensible space projects, and home assessments. Alison Green, the public affairs director said this is a new initiative. …The funds are part of the OSFM’s Fire Adapted Oregon initiative, created by Senate Bill 762. Oregon had its worst wildfire season in 2020. Meanwhile, Green said the wildfire outlook for 2023 looks more typical than some of the more severe seasons. She added while it’s still early… “we’re hoping that it’s a more traditional fire season, a little bit later into the summer, versus some of the ones that we’ve seen in the past that were starting in May.”

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