Wildfires http://klcc.org en Unusually Dry Winter Sparks Small Wildfires in Oregon http://klcc.org/post/unusually-dry-winter-sparks-small-wildfires-oregon <p>Several wildfires sparked overnight in the Oregon coast range and Cascade foothills. The National Weather service has issued a rare January Red Flag Warning for the region.<br /><br />Trina Hartley is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.&nbsp; She says strong easterly winds encouraged the small blazes. A few are in the Cascades in southern Oregon But there were also several fires in the coast range.<br /><br />Hartley: "On the coast in particular it's hard to get a fire started in July so to have these fire starts in January is extremely rare."<br /> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:17:51 +0000 Rachael McDonald 6960 at http://klcc.org Oregon Inmates Helped Fight Wildfires In 2013 http://klcc.org/post/oregon-inmates-helped-fight-wildfires-2013 <p>Hot-shot crews and volunteers weren&rsquo;t the only ones fighting fires in Oregon this year. More than 800 inmates from the state&rsquo;s correctional institutions worked side-by-side combating blazes.</p><p>The State Department of Corrections and the Oregon Department of Forestry have teamed up since 1951 to fight wildfires. Inmates go through the same nationally certified training course as civilians do. DOC Communications Manager Elizabeth Craig says the program benefits both the forests and the inmates.</p> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:41:51 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 839 at http://klcc.org Oregon Inmates Helped Fight Wildfires In 2013