Oregon has experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon's forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the state's "complete and coordinated fire protection system," officials said Monday.
Seeking ideas to address these challenges, the Oregon Department of Forestry initiated a Fire Program Review Committee. This committee is made up of forest landowners, wildland fire professionals, elected officials, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office and other stakeholders to advise ODF in its effort to develop and implement a more sustainable fire organization, including large fire funding solutions.
"This review is an effort to inform our long-term strategic view and facilitate improvement of this highly valued and functioning wildland fire protection system" said Kenneth Cummings, vice chair of the committee.