Despite a particularly wet spring, Oregon residents who surveyed in early June are highly anticipated by the growing wildfires in the state, according to a recent study.
The Oregon Center for Values and Beliefs, a non-partisan public opinion poll, received 1,500 responses to an online survey of adults across the state in the first week of June.
Nearly 90% of respondents expect wildfires to increase in the state over the next decade.
“While Oregon residents often struggle to resolve ideological differences, there are common ground. Regardless of political party, income, education and age, the threat posed by wildfires in Oregon is alarming, the report’s authors wrote.
The Oregon fire season is still light. There have been 30 fires in the state since May, according to the National Fire Agency, most of which burned less than a hectare. People are responsible for many of the fires in the state.
Despite heavy rains in April, May and June, persistent droughts have put the country at risk of severe wildfires this year.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the West has been in a state of severe drought for 1,200 years and extremely dry in 22 years. Much of Central Oregon is in a “special drought.”
The National Interaction Fire Center issued a higher forecast for wildfires in southern Oregon in July.
In August, the fire department predicts that most northwestern wildfires will be more severe than usual.
One in five Oregon residents left their homes due to wildfires, according to the study, although respondents had the lowest level of damage to personal property.
More than 75% of respondents are concerned about the loss of wildlife and fish habitat due to the growing wildfire in the state due to age, politics, income, education and gender. Nearly 80% believe that government forests will suffer significant losses over the next decade due to heat and drought.
A few respondents endorsed ways to prevent wildfires in Oregon. Approved less than half of the wildfire management by private owners and the state government. In Oregon, 80% of logging is done on private land, according to the Oregon Institute of Forestry.
One survey respondent wrote: “Wood companies do not want to plant weak, diseased, damaged trees in dense forest. Wood companies do not want to loot firewood. They want to plant large, old, healthy trees that have survived the fire and its benefits. There is no profit on small and damaged trees. The tree’s ability to survive (or recover) from fire is very low in the woods.
In Oregon, less than a third of respondents to forest management on federal land have been approved. About 60% of Oregon’s forest land is owned by the federal government, according to the Forest Resources Institute.
About 70% of Oregon residents support the construction of new homes in fire-prone areas.
Prevention of human-caused wildfires
Fires, power outages, lawn mowers, and abandoned fires are the three main sources of wildfires in Oregon, according to the State Department of Forestry Development.
Camps should check the area around the camps before building one and be careful to avoid vegetation. Other precautions.
Only the wood should burn, and the fire should be clear, small and constantly monitored, with water and a shovel, according to the Keep Oregon Green Association.
According to the Oregon Fire Department, put water nearby and wash used fireworks after use. Never use fireworks near dry grass or plants and only use them in legal places. Oregon law prohibits the sale, possession, and use of any fire extinguisher that exceeds 12 feet. Bottle rockets, Roman candles and fireworks are illegal. Fireworks have been banned by state and national forests, parks, campgrounds, beaches and lands owned by the Land Administration Bureau. Under Oregon law, possession and use of fireworks can result in criminal charges and a fine of up to $ 2,500. Parents are responsible for their children’s harm.
Sky lights are banned throughout the year in Oregon. The state prohibits the use of surveillance and explosive devices. Burning garden debris during a wildfire is prohibited.
See Oregon Forestry Department Map of wildfires For more information.