Jul 31, 2023 - Climate

More than two dozen wildfires burning across Oregon

A photo of two firefighters spraying water at the line of the Nessel Road Fire in Washington.

The Newell Road Fire is believed to be human caused. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

There are currently 25 wildfires burning in Oregon, including the Bedrock Fire east of Eugene in the Willamette National Forest and the Flat Fire down south near Agness.

Meanwhile, air quality advisories are in effect for many in Central Oregon.

Why it matters: Wildfire season across the West Coast has become longer, hotter and drier, in part due to climate change, resulting in devastating damage to public land and private property.

Pro tip: Anyone, even city dwellers, can be impacted by wildfires. The best thing you can do to prepare is to create an evacuation plan.

  • Consider where the closest shelter would be (a public library, convention center, school, etc.), your evacuation route and a family communication plan.
  • According to the Red Cross, a basic go-kit should consist of water, nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, medications, cell phone chargers, personal hygiene items and copies of personal documents.
  • Maintaining your home's defensible space is also key. Clean out gutters, rake leaves and make sure plants are watered to ensure rogue embers from surrounding wildfires don't ignite in your backyard.

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