Fires Blaze in Central Oregon

A fire near Culver was threatening homes on Friday, and Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spent the day with the firefighters at the Graham Fire, south of the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook. The fire ignited Thursday and has since burned roughly 2,000 acres. After evacuations were ordered state resources were called in to help battle the blaze after Governor Kate Brown declared the fire a conflagration. 

Residents near Maupin have also been told to prepare for a possible evacuation as the Box Car Fire grew to 18,000 acres – making it the largest of the young fire season so far. Campers have been warned to stay out of the area and Highway 197 has been closed due to smoke.

Supper Club: The Importance of Prescribed Burns

Another prescribed burn happened near Sisters this week, which is the latest in a series of controlled burns that are designed to prevent larger wildfires later in the season.

For this week’s Supper Club, Lisa Carton sat down with three fire experts to talk about why these burns are so important to do right now, at this time of the year. The month of May is also wildfire awareness month in Oregon.

Thanks to Deschutes County Forester, Ed Keith, Project Wildfire Program Coordinator, Alison Green, and Alex Robertson of Central Oregon Fire Management Service, for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Prescribed Burns Around the High Desert Museum

It’s that time of year when fire officials start lighting controlled burns to get rid of potential fuels on the ground for the upcoming wildfire season.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings takes a look at a prescribed burn scheduled to take place around one of the region’s biggest attractions, the High Desert Museum.

Thanks Brian for that report.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Preparations for Fire Season

If you saw smoke south of Bend today and thought it is too early for wildfires, you were right. 
U.S. Forest Service-Deschutes National Forest workers kicked off their prescribed burn season today off China Hat Road, and Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was there when the controlled fires were ignited.

The Great Outdoors: Forest Thinning for Fire Prevention

Preventing wildfires is a year-round job, even when it’s not fire season yet. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to the Deschutes National Forest outside Sisters for a look at one of their fire prevention programs.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Crews Working to Reopen Old McKenzie Highway After Milli Fire

The impact of the Milli Fire that threatened the residents of Sisters over the summer is still being felt in the Deschutes National Forest.

On Thursday, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a chance to tour the damaged areas of the wilderness, where crews are working on reopening the Old McKenzie Highway.

Pacific Crest Trail Closures Force Hikers to Take Alternative Route

This summer’s wildfires are also having an impact on some people who are trying to scratch a trip of a lifetime off their bucket lists and you may have noticed an increase in the number of hikers walking along Highway 97 in recent weeks.

Central Oregon Daily’s Tim Wehde noticed it too, and he went with Chris Biggs to talk to some of those hikers.

Supper Club: Fire Management Policies

Wildfires have been top of mind across Oregon this summer. Although the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge was caused by fireworks, the majority are started by lightning and a bigger issue being debated among experts is whether there should be a wholesale change in our fire management policies. That’s the subject of this week’s Supper Club segment.

Thanks to Nicole, Deana and Chris for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

From the Air to the Ground, Firefighters Tackle Central Oregon’s Largest Wildfire

Firefighters spent much of Friday building a line of defense between the northern end of the Milli Fire and land to the north and east of Sisters, as well as dropping retardant from the air.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has the latest on how firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze, and how long it will take to contain.