Fire season in the northwest corner of Oregon is over.
Number of human-caused wildfires in Oregon down nearly 20%
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…]
Wildfire smoke expected to continue over weekend
Air quality in the region, already low due to wildfire smoke, is expected to continue over the weekend, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said.
Fire danger drops to ‘moderate’ as fall rains begin
Rain has finally doused the region, and fire danger in Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in and around the Tillamook Forest is now listed at “moderate” as of Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the risk is gone.
Brush fire ‘under control’ near Timber
A three-acre wildfire near Timber is under control, the Banks Fire District 13 said.
Wildfire prompts level two evacuations at Hagg Lake-area SW Stepien Road
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said that a Level 2 (“BE SET”) evacuation had been issued for anyone living on SW Stepien Road near Hagg Lake after a wildfire sparked in the area.
PGE opens community resource center at Jim’s Market in Banks for charging, ice, info
Portland General Electric has established one community resource center in Washington County, located inside Jim’s Market in Banks, to charge phones, get ice, and find info about power shutoffs in the face of critical wildfire risk.
PGE will shut power off in Gales Creek and surrounding areas beginning Friday morning
Power will be shut off in an effort to reduce wildfire risk in ten areas across PGE’s service territory starting Friday. In Gales Creek, power will be cut sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, and may be restored starting Saturday evening.
PGE: ‘increasingly likely’ chance of power shutoffs in Gales Creek 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 most of Gales Creek, Glenwood, and Hillside in the next 24 to 48 hours.
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.