The 2022 wildfire season in Oregon has been among the mildest in the last decade, with human-caused fires down nearly 20% from the 10-year average, according to state data. Humans are the number one cause of wildfires in Oregon and across the country. The Oregon Department of Forestry credits the[Read More…]
Fishhawk Loop Fire grows to 120 acres
Discovered Friday evening, the Fishhawk Loop Fire has grown to an estimated 120 acres in Clatsop County near the Fishhawk Lake community that straddles the Columbia and Clatsop County line.
Wildfire burning near Fishhawk Lake is 80 acres
A small brush fire discovered Friday evening near the Clatsop County community of Fishhawk Lake grew to 80 acres overnight, the Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District said.
PGE: ‘increasingly likely’ chance of power shutoffs in western Washington County starting Friday over wildfire risk
Portland General Electric said that the likelihood of intentional power shutoffs—known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS—is high in ten areas in their service territory, including Buxton, Manning, Timber, and areas surrounding Banks in the next 24 to 48 hours. WOEC customers in the county may also be affected.
Weather, fire officials warn of extreme fire danger over weekend
“These conditions are the worst so far for 2022. Dangerous conditions will start Friday morning, peak Friday night, and remain on Saturday,” Oregon Department of Forestry officials said. A Fire Weather Watch begins Friday, and fire danger will rise to Extreme in the Tillamook Forest and surrounding areas Friday.
Fire danger moving to ‘high’ Tuesday morning
Restrictions in areas protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in much of Northwest Oregon will increase again Tuesday in the face of increasing fire danger, moving from moderate to high fire danger.
Tillamook Forest Center plans spring reopening
The Tillamook Forest Center is expected to open next year in March.
“We are anxious to reopen and host visitors with smiles and an overdue hello,” the center said.
State forester rescinds wildfire risk map in response to public, political outcry
On Thursday afternoon, just five weeks after publishing a wildfire risk map, the state Forestry Department axed it.
Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Betsy Johnson
The Banks Post spoke with unaffiliated gubernatorial candidate
Betsy Johnson about issues of interest to western Washington County voters in a Q & A.
Wildfire danger increasing this week
Restrictions in areas protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Northwest Oregon will increase this week in the face of increasing fire danger.