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Wildfire and Wildfire Risk

Wildfire and Wildfire Risk

Wildfire is a hot topic in many Oregon communities these days. And for good reason.

Tanker flies low over houses in La Pine, 2005 Park Fire.

Tanker flies low over houses in La Pine, 2005 Park Fire

Wildfire is a key ecological process that shaped and maintains forests in much of central, southern and northeast Oregon. But decades of wildfire suppression, timber harvesting, grazing and development have altered these forests. When wildfires break out, they tend to be larger, more severe and harder to control.

Wildfire is a common and widespread natural hazard in Oregon.

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