McKenzie River Reflections

Cut down on chance of disaster with fire-resistant landscape

FireproofBy Kym Pokorny
Drawing a line around the house with fire-resistant landscapes can mean the difference between a home consumed by flames and one left standing.
“Fire specialists love to show us pictures of houses where people took precautions,” said Brad Withrow-Robinson, forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “I’ve seen umpteen photos of land charred all around and a little house left standing in the middle. Not always, but often.”
This year could be a bad one for people who live in rural areas or on rural-urban boundaries, he said.

Public Use Restrictions Go Into Effect 07/02/2015; No fires outside designated fire rings

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest will initiate the following public use restrictions, effective Thursday, July 2nd:

Fire signMoisture and instability that moved into the region last Friday generated thunderstorms that resulted in 789 strikes in Oregon according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland,

VehicleCAMP CREEK: On Monday night at 3:38 am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot wound at the Riverview Market on Camp Creek Road in Springfield. Police said the victim was asleep in his vehicle outside the market when an unknown person reached through the open window of his car and discharged a firearm, that struck the victim. The man, unidentified by police at this time, was treated at the hospital and released.




Fire mapWillamette National Forest - more lightning is expected today. 20 mostly single tree fires by noon 6/27. Moisture and instability moved into much of Oregon overnight and both are headed toward Washington today. This means increasing thunderstorms with new starts likely in both states.

WateringBy Kym Pokorny
The forecast promises high temperatures this summer, so take care to protect plants for the long, hot haul.
“Already this year, I’ve noticed soils are drying out more and sooner than I’ve seen since I moved to Portland eight years ago,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “It’s critical to be proactive about watering.”

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