In September, the Almeda Drive fire left unprecedented destruction in the Southern Oregon towns of Phoenix and Talent. While wildfires are nothing new here, the level of urban destruction was striking. And the Almeda Fire offers lessons about future fire risks to other communities in Oregon.
U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.
Oregon’s devastating wildfire season forced thousands of firefighters to work and camp together during a deadly global pandemic. It seemed like a recipe for an outbreak, but officials only report seven cases of COVID-19 among the crews.