Oregon sends help to wildfire-ravaged Southeast

In response to heavy drought conditions in the Southeast region of the country, the Oregon Department of Forestry announced Thursday that an ODF Incident Management Team will be deployed Monday to the Party Rock Fire in North Carolina.

Since Nov. 5, ODF has deployed 20 of its personnel to Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee to assist with wildfire response.

Mississippi Burn Bans Remain as Hunting Season Begins

During deer hunting season in most parts of Mississippi, people will be out in the woods more frequently and looking for ways to keep warm. The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) would like to remind hunters that they should not use a wood-burning campfire, bonfire, fire pit, fire ring, burn barrel - anything with an open flame that produces an ember. A dry, windy, cold front is forecasted to move through the area this weekend. The wind will make wildfire spread more quickly than usual, increasing the risk of devastating wildfire occurrences.

Dry Autumn Brings Wildfires to Southeast

Most areas in the southeast United States have not received any significant rain in dozens of days. It has been more than 70 days for some locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina. This has resulted in many wildfires breaking out in recent weeks.

Currently there are 38 active fires in the Southern Geographic area that have each burned more than 100 acres, prompting the Southern Area Coordination Center to raise the preparedness level as high as it will go, to Level 5, something that does not happen very often.

Smokey Bear Guidelines

The Smokey Bear Guidelines were created by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program committee. This report provides tools and resources for accomplishing wildfire prevention activities and outlines administrative requirements of the Smokey Bear Program.

Florida Forest Service Alerts Public To Wildfire Danger

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are urging the public to use caution with all outdoor fires due to increased wildfire danger levels throughout the state.  Dry conditions have sparked wildfires in many areas of the state recently and have threatened 20 homes within the last three weeks.

Florida’s number one cause of wildfires is human carelessness, with approximately 20 percent caused by escaped yard trash burns.

Agencies Partner To Prevent Wildfire in Kentucky

After weeks of limited rainfall, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) and U.S. Forest Service are joining efforts to prevent wildland forest fires across the state.

“The dry weather conditions, along with above normal temperatures, have fire management officials concerned about the potential for wildland fires,” said State Forester Bill Steele. “With little rain predicted in the current weather forecasts, we are preparing for a busy fire season in November.”

Submit a Smokey Bear Award Nomination

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Campaign is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Smokey Bear Awards.

This prestigious awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding service in wildfire prevention programs.

Be a champion for wildfire prevention and nominate an award-winning individual or organization today. Additional information is available at www.smokeybear.com/awards.

Daines and Feinstein Letter on Wildfire Funding Fix

On Monday, October 4th, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to the Senate and House Leadership of the Energy Bill Conference (Committee Chairmen and Ranking Members) urging them to address wildfire funding and federal forest management reforms.  The letter also supported codifying of the Landscape Scale Restoration program and providing additional support for Good Neighbor Authority