Residents in the area of the 2022 Vitae Springs Fire said at the time that evacuation alerts left them confused and uncertain about conditions. City officials say now they have improved their emergency messaging system since the southwest Salem fire to provide quicker and clearer public information.
A fast-spreading grass fire that came close to south Salem subdivisions Wednesday was controlled within hours thanks to help from a nearby construction crew, air support and over 100 firefighters. Fire crews are monitoring the area as Salem’s forecast calls for high temperatures and low humidity in the coming days.
State officials said more needs to be done to share data between agencies when responding to wildfires so survivors see fewer delays and don’t have to repeat their stories dozens of times.
Federal wildland firefighters received temporary raises last year that are set to expire at the end of September. A bipartisan group is pushing to make raises permanent.
A heat wave will bring temperatures in the 90s to the Willamette Valley and other parts of the state later this week.
Power is out for thousands in rural Marion County as local utilities and agencies contend with a hot, dry forecast and high winds that have led to fire warnings across the state.
Several Republican lawmakers in southern and eastern Oregon said the map was flawed, causing people to lose insurance or face doubled premiums.
Some county parks and roads in the Santiam Canyon damaged by wildfire will remain closed for repairs and hazard removal as the U.S. Forest Service recently reopened other spots in the area to the public. The areas of Salmon Falls, Bear Creek, North Fork, Niagra and Minto are staying closed,[Read More…]
Visitors to the Santiam Canyon can now access some campgrounds and trails that have been closed since the Beachie Creek Fire in 2020. The Willamette National Forest on Monday reopened access to the Elk Lake, Humbug and Fox Creek Group campgrounds in the Detroit area. The Stahlman Point and Tumble[Read More…]
Gov. Kate Brown reviews fire damage in the Santiam Canyon on Thursday, Sept. 17, after she received a briefing from fire officials. (Office of Gov. Kate Brown photo) UPDATE 11 a.m. Thursday: The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries warned people to be alert to potential floods and debris[Read More…]