Grafe Named Wildfire Prevention Lead In Oregon

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Doug Grafe as Wildfire Programs Director. In this position, created through Senate Bill 762, Grafe will serve as the principal advisor to the Governor on wildfire prevention and will oversee coordinating activities of the involved state agencies and other entities. His appointment is effective Monday […]

BLM Headquarters Returning to Washington, D.C.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says the leadership of the Bureau of Land Management will be moving back to Washington, D.C., from Grand Junction, CO. The Trump Administration had moved the office out west. “The bureau must have the appropriate structure and resources to serve the American public,” Haaland said. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and […]

Washington Lawmakers Hope Visit Highlights The Devastation Of Massive Wildfires

Washington Representatives Dan Newhouse, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Kim Schrier are reaching out to federal officials in an attempt to bring attention to the level of destruction caused by massive wildfires in the state. “The three of us sent an invitation to the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, as well as the Secretary of the […]

President Biden Addresses Wildfires During Trip To PNW

Saying politics has no place at the table, President Joe Biden met with officials at the Interagency Fire Center in Boise Monday. Biden said both parties need to work together to address the obvious impacts of climate change. “It’s not a democrat thing, it’s not a republican thing, it’s a weather thing. It’s a reality. […]

Bentz Offers Amendments To Benefit Oregon Natural Resources

During Thursday’s House Natural Resources Committee markup meeting for a roughly $31.7 billion portion of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution, eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz offered a trio of amendment he said will benefit rural communities across the Beaver state. Bentz said the three amendments refocus federal priorities and move funding from President Biden’s “liberal […]

Northwest Remains In Wildfire Crisis

The Northwest remains in a wildfire crisis. “There has been an increase in wildfire activity across northern California in particular over the last several days as we’ve seen southwesterly to westerly winds blowing pretty hard across some of the wildfire areas in the Sierra Nevada.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said he expects this difficult weather […]

WSU Researchers Continue Efforts To Address Smoke Exposure

As intense wildlife smoke becomes a more occurrence during our summers here in the Pacific Northwest, researchers at Washington State University are looking into the impacts on wine grapes and how to mitigate those effects. Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Enology Tom Collins said it’s important to understand the problem. “We need to have solutions; […]

Franz Calls For Wildland Firefighters To Be Vaccinated

Because of the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state, specifically from the Delta Variant, the head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources is calling for all wildland firefighters to be vaccinated. On Monday, Commissioner Hilary Franz called on the federal Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to take additional […]

Moore: We Must Address Climate Change To Help Firefighters

The new Forest Service Chief Randy Moore says there are a number of catastrophic fires burning across the country, and one of the main reasons for the increased fire activity, climate change. What does Moore what to see done to address that change when it comes to fighting wildfires? “We know that we have to […]

As Wildfire Season Rages, Moore Takes Over At Forest Service

As the 2021 wildfire season rages on, the U.S. Forest Service announced a new Chief. Randy Moore said the 2021 wildfire season is already a bad one with over 60 major blazes raging with hundreds of other smaller fires keeping crew busy nationwide. Moore noted firefighters are desperately trying to get larger fires under control […]