Oregonians are united in concerns about wildfires, poll finds

File Dead on February 26, 2021, in the town of Little Gates, will be the site of the 2020 Beach Creek fire.

File Dead on February 26, 2021, in the town of Little Gates, will be the site of the 2020 Beach Creek fire.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff / OPB

Despite deep political differences within the state, both sides agree that the Oregon wildfires are a major threat.

It makes sense that in the summer of 2021, wildfires burned more than 800,000 acres.

As the state pushes for more wildfires – forest officials call for firefighters across the country – A nationwide survey shows that despite widespread ideological backgrounds, political parties, income, education or age, wildfires are on the rise. Fear in the state.

The Oregon Center for Values ​​and Beliefs held a statewide public hearing June 2-11 to gather the views and awareness of Oregon residents about the state’s wildfires.

When listing the negative effects of wildfires, Oregon residents are primarily concerned with the health effects of smoke, the loss of habitat and wildlife, and the severity of wildfires.

As firefighters read a map, smoke filled the valley below.

Oregon has a similar insurance policy to cover the cost of combating wildfires.


Less than half of Oregon residents have approved how wildfires are now managed by landowners and the government. He said 78% of forest fires that help prevent uncontrolled wildfires should be mostly forest fires. Those methods of rescuing homes are particularly popular, with 89% of Oregon residents supporting the clearing of homes and 85% of homes to be more fire-resistant.

By 2020, wildfires have burned nearly 4,000 homes. Legislators have created a new map system to identify which homes are most vulnerable, as part of a wildfire preparedness package. As many as 120,000 property owners could be identified as high or high risk of fire and may need to comply with the requirements to protect their homes. There is state money to help them do this.

The new Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer allows Oregon residents to find out where their home is in high risk.

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