Finding Common Ground Among Fire Scientists

Wildfire Today

Today’s scientists focusing on the effects of increasingly severe wildfires are sometimes miles apart in their conclusions and recommendations. This article focuses on one group’s efforts to find common ground among the disparities in hopes of building a rational, science-based plan for forest restoration and wildfire mitigation.

Timber Crater 6: A Fuels Treatment Success Story

In mid-July, a lightning storm passed through southern Oregon, igniting multiple fires in the drought-stressed forest in and around Crater Lake National Park. Firefighters quickly contained most of these fires but several grew together and became the Timber Crater 6 Fire. 

It was projected to grow as large as 20,000 acres. Instead, fuels treatments in Crater Lake National Park and on the Fremont-Winema National Forest were used to contain the fire in less than three weeks at just 3,126 acres. Ultimately, these treated areas were critical in keeping the wildfire shorter in duration, less costly, safer for firefighters, less threatening to private property, and with fewer smoke and economic impacts to local communities. Learn more in this video.

A Tale of Two Fires

June 24, 1947 – Southwestern Oregon spring weather had turned warm and dry.  Fire season was in effect and the various agencies responsible for containing wildfire were on alert.  An early season electrical storm danced across the Siskiyou Mountains.  The 32 manned fire lookouts were on duty and ready to perform the tasks for which they had been hired by the USFS.