Key information links:
For the LATEST WILDFIRE INCIDENTS & UPDATES,
(Inciweb - general)
(fires in Oregon)
(Southwest Oregon District)
(fires in California)
(fires on the Klamath Nat'l Forest, CA)
(The Beaver Fire, north of Hwy 96 near the Klamath River,
Siskiyou County, CA - 32,496 acres)
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry:
(Southwest Oregon District Blog - latest fire news & updates)
ODF's blogs have further links to additional current
and archived news and information.
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center:
(NWCC home page)
(Northwest fire locations map)
(Northwest large fire map)
The National Interagency Fire Center:
(NIFC home page)
(NIFC fire info)
(large fires national map)
For CURRENT SMOKE INFORMATION, see:
(Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality - smoke & fire)
(for northern CA)
For smoke and health info, see below.
Due to increased health hazards related to smoke,
the following information was provided by our Chief Medical Officer,
Karen Dwyer, R.N.:
Lung Association offers helpful information in its
"Forest Fires and Respiratory Health Fact Sheet"
on its website at:
(A printable pdf version is available here.)
How to protect yourself:
* Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors. This can usually provide
some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned
house in which the air conditioner can be set to re-circulate air
instead of bringing in outdoor air.
* Reduce the amount of time engaged in vigorous outdoor physical
activity. This can be an important and effective strategy to decrease
exposure to inhaled air pollutants and minimize health risks during
a smoke event.
* Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated
* Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution such as burning
cigarettes and candles; using gas, propane, and wood burning stoves
and furnaces; cooking; and vacuuming.
* Individuals with heart disease or lung diseases such as asthma
should follow their health care providers’ advice about prevention
and treatment of these diseases.
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Fire Prevention information links, including
local, state & federal agencies:
Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Program
Oregon Region Wildland Fire Info
Rogue Valley Fire
Prevention Co-op - New!!
/ Urban Interface in Oregon - ODF's site has loads of info on
this topic, including sections on Senate Bill 360, the Oregon Forestland-Urban
Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997, the law that declares that
property owners have a basic responsibility to provide their property
with fire protection and use fire preventive methods. Also includes
discussions on "Living in the Wildland / Urban Interface,"
"Evaluate Your Home and Property," and more.
Information / Jackson County Area
Fire Department Links
FIREWISE - National
Wildland / Urban Interface Fire Protection Program
News of the Wildland Firefighters Foundation
National Fire Plan Implementation (USDA)
Forest Service / Fire and Aviation Management
Weather Service / Fire Weather Program
Management Agency (FEMA) / US Fire Administration
of Land Management (BLM) Office of Fire and Aviation
Fire Safe Council
/ Jackson County Fire District #9
Jackson County Fire
District #3 Home Page
County Air Quality / Open Burning Ordinance
of Ashland Fire Department
of Medford Fire Department
State University's Josephine County Extension Service
County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - fire district
and map info or Smart
Map (select Interactive Maps to search specific properties.)
The GIS systems map combines layers of information about a place.
You can analyze your level of fire safety or risk with this map.
of California Forest Products Laboratory
Sprinkler Protection Systems
Renters Guide at: http://www.rentersinsurance.com
(click on the "Fire Prevention and Response" tab). This
site has lots of links to many more Home Fire Prevention topics
and sub-topics. The link is from Mrs. Anne Hughes, who teaches at
Charter School and says that she finds our links page useful
to help gather information for her kids' lessons and activities.
We commend the kids for learning about forest fires and fire prevention
in their study of the environment, and we thank the class for their
civic participation in this way!
Fire Prevention & Protection Printed
"Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner,"
published by the Jackson County Planning Department, and mailed
to all Jackson County listed landowners in spring, 2001. This is
a thorough, excellent source of all kinds of info on wildfire and
rural - urban interface fire protection and prevention. Additional
copies may still be available from any Jackson County library branch,
the Jackson County Planning Dept. at 10 So. Oakdale Ave., Room 100
(in the old Jackson County Courthouse) in Medford, or from ODF's
office at 5286 Table Rock Road in Central Point.
"Is Your Home Fire Safe?" and "Wildfire:
Are You Prepared?" published by U.S. Fire Administration
Publications Center (free; 800 / 561-3356).
California Wildfire Landscaping, by Maureen Gilmer.
Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, TX, 1994. $10.95. "What to do
before, during and after a wildfire ... the selection of a 'defensible'
homesite and building materials, insurance, and fire-resistant landscaping..."
Also covers "Creating Bands of Protection with Plants, Managing
Native Vegetation, [and] Getting Help: Public and Private Resources,"
and "How to Comply with the High Fire Zones Law." Lots
of useful info on establishing natural fire breaks.
"Living with Fire." San Mateo County,
CA., Fire Safe Committee (free; 650 / 573-3848).
Other References about Fire: Non-Fiction
Wildland Fires: History of Forest Fires in Siskiyou County,
by Lee Morford. Privately published by the late Morford, a lifelong
forest ranger on the Klamath National Forest and later a wildland
fire consultant. Cost: $15 but generally unavailable and out of
print. Libraries in Siskiyou County may have a copy. Chronicles
firefighting in this area during the past century. Both a fascinating
personal account, and a fact-filled historical triptych.
Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural
Fire, by Stephen J. Pyne. Princeton UP: Princeton, New
Jersey, 1982. A very well-written, erudite analysis and synthesis
of information about fire and its cultural history in this country's
wildlands. Connects "...the basic science of fire and ecosystems
to management and policy discussions; not by way of overgeneralization,
but region by region and ecosystem by ecosystem." Covers fire
and fire policies in America from pre-history to Paiute and frontier
forestry and the evolution of fire management to the present-day
conservation movement. A recognized authority on fire, Pyne has
also published 5 or 6 other works dealing with different fire topics.
Fire and Civilization, by Johan Goudsblom. Penguin:
London, 1992. (paper; U.S. $11.95) A worldwide survey of the ancient
history of fire and its cultural uses and significances, through
the industrial revolution. Goudsblom is a professor of sociology
at the University of Amsterdam.
The Firefighter's Workout Book, by Michael Stefano.
"A Thirty Minute a Day Train-For-Life Program for Men and Women."
Jumping Fire: A Smoke Jumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire,
by Murry A. Taylor. (Harcourt; paper, $14.) "...Taylor's riveting
memoir of 35 years of fighting wildfires in Alaska..."
Fire, by Sebastian Junger. (paper, $13.95) "The
author of The Perfect Storm takes us behind the scenes of the world's
most dangerous jobs, from smoke jumper to freedom fighter."
Fire Line: Summer Battles of the West, by Michael
Other References about Fire: Fiction
"USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and
a Hole in the Sky" in A River
Runs Through It and Other Stories, by Norman Maclean. Chicago:
The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1976. Maclean became an author after
retiring from teaching English at the Univ. of Chicago. His stories
are part fiction, part memoir, informed by his own experience of
the early 20th century, infused with deadpan humor and sobering
reflections, and narrated in a voice that only a master of language
and metaphor can speak from.
Hole in the Sky, by William Kittredge.
A Fine and Pleasant Misery, by Patrick F. McManus.
Other Sites & Sources of Interest
D.L. Phipps Nursery - info & application forms for reforestation
seedlings. An excellent source of seedlings of all types in bulk
quantities available to the non-commercial landowner engaged in
reforestation. [Now defunct; however, many good alternate sources
for bulk seedling lots can be found online at reasonable prices,
including Brooks Tree Farm outside of Salem, Oregon.]
State University Forestry Extension Service, County extension
foresters and publications.
to Reforestation in Western Oregon is available online (in pdf
format), and from ODF offices and from the Oregon State University
College of Forestry.
Woodland Workbook: A How-To Guide for the Woodland Owner/Manager
(WOOD WB; $41.50) is a three-ring binder containing 29 core publications,
is "very useful," and is available from OSU Extension