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State of Fire

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Describing the 2013 summer fire season, the Oregon Department of Forestry called it “epic.” On those lands protected by the state, it was the costliest ever, and the first time in over 60 years that more than 100,000 acres burned. Oregon’s forests are changing. The management objectives and priorities of federal and private landowners are evolving. Drought has afflicted parts of the state, and climate trends are making fire seasons longer and more intense. And in the wildland-urban interface, more homes have been built in the path of wildfire. The ways Oregonians prevent, fight, manage and, to some degree, live with wildfire have grown more complicated – and more expensive. This report examines the state of fire suppression, prevention and management, and describes various efforts to find the way forward.

O.F.R. Institute

Institute OFR. State of Fire. Portland, OR: Oregon Forest resources Institute; 2014. Available from:

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