March 21 2018

Wildfires Costing Oregon Over $214 Million

March 21 2018, 12:38 | Van Peters

Smoke and Fire From Above Wildfire Images From Space

Smoke and Fire From Above Wildfire Images From Space

Levi Brinegar, who is a lookout for the Forest Service at Stonewall Mountain fire tower, captured the bolt that sparked the fire on camera. A large wildfire is any fire over 100 acres.

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"By Thursday, no one was playing the course because of all the smoke from the fires, though Beacon Rock's restaurant was still open, he said".

This summer, 7.5 million acres were torched in the US from wildfires, ABC News meteorologists said. OR has spent $28 million, but the state expects to be reimbursed for part of that by the federal government and others.

"It was kind of a bad combination of things", Henry said. "We are not going to put them in situations of trying to control fires where we have a very low probability of success".

So far this year, fires have scorched almost 8 million acres.

This summer's wildland fires have been less "resource-intensive" in Kern County, with nothing like last year's historic Erskine Fir, said Kern County Fire Engineer Matt Redstone.

USGS scientists studied climate, fire, and erosion models for 471 large watersheds across the West and found that by 2050, the amount of sediment in more than one-third of watersheds could at least double. "A lot of people are evacuated; homes have burned and that makes this fire season seem like it's just that much more extreme", Gardetto said.

The largest fire in Montana is the Rice Ridge fire, which as of Tuesday had burned 108,126 acres and was only 2 percent contained.

Wildfires fueled by dry weather and scorching temperatures have smothered parts of the western United States in smoky, ashy air, forcing communities to take measures to protect their drinking water supplies.

The east side of the Chetco Bar Fire is burning in the scar of the massive Biscuit Fire, which burned a half million acres in 2002. Montana has 21 and California has 15, while Washington has eight and Idaho has six.

Fires move quickly and burn only the outer layers of trees, pine needles and small twigs, said Chad Hanson, a research ecologist and principal scientist for the John Muir Project.

Thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen overnight after OR firefighters staged two fire trucks in preparation to battle wildfires.

This has been a long and incredibly hard fire season and conditions this week will continue to be challenging. "It's been tested over and over again in real fires, and it's not happening".

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