The 2019 Fire Season is here. KS Wild's Fire Dashboard can keep you up-to-date with all the latest wildfire and smoke data and forecasts. For the most timely smoke and air quality data, refer to the regional Air Now website. The list of resources is growing as the fire season shifts and new tools become available. Check back in to see the latest information.
On this page you will find:
Active Fires - Interactive Map: map of active fires, allowing you to click on incidents to receive current information
Current Fire Information: feeds from regional agencies and fire units often containing up-to-date incident information
Fire Resources: additional external links to sites with information on smoke forecasts, incident reports, and fire data
Preparing for Wildfire: tools for preparing your home and community for wildfire including checklists and information on defensible space
Summer Speaker Series on Fire Management: KS Wild hosts a monthly talk with fire experts to discuss the role of fire in our region.
Fire Studies & Publications: a deeper dive into issues and studies around wildfire
Active Fires - Interactive Map
All active fires large enough to be defined as incidents are displayed in this interactive map. You can zoom into the fire you are interested in and click on the fire shape. There are links for more information about the fire, including recent updates, containment estimates, and forecasts.
Current Fire Information
These regional Facebook pages often contain up-to-date incident information.
These websites offer additional information on fire incidents, active wildfires, smoke, and forecasts.
This summer KS Wild brings fire experts to southern Oregon for a Fire Speaker Series in partnership with REI to talk about the role of fire in our region. During this series we will explore the inner and outer workings of fire in the era of climate change, and what we can do to protect our homes, manage our forests, and use the time-tested knowledge of local tribes to build a safer, more resilient relationship with fire.
Local fire professional Richard Fairbanks speaks about the importance of securing a perimeter and how creating and maintaining defensible space around homes is a year-long process. Even in the summer when we won’t be doing controlled burns or running a chainsaw, there is much we can do to protect homes, communities, and lives from fire. Rich lives in southwest Oregon and has over 40 years of experience in firefighting and forest management, including in our local Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Fire researcher Christopher Dunn, an Oregon State University College of Forestry professor, talks about how fire behaves across the checkerboard landscape of public and private ownership in southern Oregon. Dunn has published many studies using satellite imagery and local data to analyze the factors that drive fire severity.
The series then looks deeper into the role of fire on the land with Dr. Arielle Halpern speaking more about the role of fire in the era of climate change. Halpern completed her dissertation on prescribed fire and cultural plant resources of the Karuk and Yurok peoples of California, and is creating innovative new fire and forestry programs with broad community involvement. Tribes, as sovereign entities with intellectual property rights, hold a wealth of traditional ecological knowledge born of generations tending these landscapes. Dr. Halpern joins Southern Oregon University this summer.
Fire & Smoke: We are In This Together
One of the most important topics today is the issue of wildfires and smoke in our Valley. Chris Chambers, The Wildlife Division Chief and Merv George the Forest supervisor on the rogue River Siskiyou National Forest are the perfect pair to speak to this issue Chris grew up in Ashland and worked both in the forest service and the Ashland fire and rescue service. Knowing the importance of gathering people and resources around this issue, Chris has been instrumental in getting the entire state of Oregon to share resources for this very important issue.
Fire Belongs Here
Karuk Tribe, Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan, Karuk Tribe, 2019 Excerpted, p. 42
“The exceptional biological diversity of the mid-Klamath River region Northern California has emerged in conjunction with sophisticated Karuk land management practices, including the regulation of the forest and fisheries through ceremony and the use of fire. Karuk management practices have been interrupted by genocide and ongoing presence of non-Native land management practices. In particular the exclusion of fire has led to radical ecological changes including high fuel loads, decreased habitat for large game such as elk and deer, reduction in the quantity and quality of acorns, and alteration of growth patterns of basketry materials such as hazel and willow. Across California the increasing frequency of high severity fire points to the need to re-examine human relationships with fire.”
Fire Studies & Publications
What are? Types of Fire - from the Northwest Fire Science Consortium
A New Direction for California Wildfire Policy— Working from the Home Outward - from Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, February 11, 2019
Disclaimer: Information posted on this website is for information purposes only. For official information, contact the Wildfire Agency in your local area.