Rippey: Drought Making The 2021 Wildfire Season

The impact of this year’s drought on the wildfire season have been pronounced.  “And it shows no signs of letting up in those hardest hit drought areas of the Pacific Coast states and the Northern Rockies,” said USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey. He pointed out that much of the the worst fire activity is taking place […]

Washington L&I Issues Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

On Friday, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries filed emergency rules the organization says will protect employees from exposure to wildfire smoke. The new rules, which are in effect now, impact workers in agriculture, construction and others that spend a majority of their time outdoors. “This wildfire season is shaping up to be even […]

President Biden Highlights Wildfire Threat In The West

At the start of every hurricane season, which runs June 1st to the end of November, the President receives a briefing of what to expect and what precautions should be taken. “And when I received that briefing this year I asked for a second briefing that does the same thing, but now we’re doing it […]

Bronaugh: Climate Change A Major Issue For Farmers, Administration

For the Biden Administration, climate change is a major issue. “As we think about our whole of government effort to address this climate crisis we need to figure out how to measure, quantify and track climate-smart agriculture and forestry activity develop a strategy that works for all of our producers and land owners,” said Deputy […]

Fox Tells The Senate More Must Be Done To Keep Forests Healthy

Forest Health took center state at a Senate Ag committee hearing last week. Joe Fox is President of the National Association of State Foresters. “To maintain our forests as carbon sinks we can’t let them be destroyed by out of control wildfires we must reduce wildfire fuel loads in our forests.” Fox told lawmakers that […]

Nash: Cattle Producers Can Help Address Climate Change

While it may not be an easy conversation to have, more of the Ag community is taking a proactive role in addressing climate change. Todd Nash, President elect of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said one way the industry can help is through wildfire mitigation efforts. He said grazing, especially timed grazing, can help restore needed […]

In Effort To Prepare For Summer, Franz Launches Wildfire Ready Neighbors! Campaign

To help the state prepare for what she calls a potentially catastrophic wildfire season, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently kicked off the Wildfire Ready Neighbors! program. The campaign connects those in wildfire prone areas with efforts and tools to help home and property owners take proactive step action to better protect their […]

Christiansen We Need To Treat More Forrest Acres

To better contain and suppress wildfire activity the U.S. Forest Service says her department has to treat more land and “up their game”. Chief, Vicki Christiansen recently said between two to three acres of national forest land are treated for wildfire prevention annually. She added, even with strategic planning of treatment in selected fire sheds, […]