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What Happens When Wildfires Return?

OPB | Aug. 24, 2015

The Carlton Complex fire ripped through Okanogan County last year. The same area is currently battling fires again.

News Roundtable: Aug. 21, 2015

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Washington Wildfires Prove Deadly

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015

Several of the nation's largest wildfires continue to burn across the region.

Wildfire Update

OPB | Aug. 17, 2015

Several of the nation's largest wildfires continue to burn across the region.

Firefighting Costs Cast Shadow Over Forest Service Budget

OPB | Aug. 10, 2015

As firefighting costs have risen to more than half the Forest Service budget over the last 20 years, we talk to the Pacific Northwest's regional forest manager about what that means for restoration and more.

Environmental Update: Forest Legislation, Forest Fires

OPB | July 13, 2015

Our regular check in with OPB's environmental reporters about a few stories they’ve been following.

6 Conversation Starters For This Weekend

OPB | July 10, 2015

Whether you're going on a date or headed to the beach with your family, Think Out Loud brings you six conversation starters for this weekend.

Happy Valley Creates Amnesty Program to Collect Illegal Fireworks

OPB | July 01, 2015

Happy Valley has a zero-tolerance policy on use and possession of fireworks within city limits, and has created a "no-questions-asked" firework collection program.

Impacts Of Drought In Washington

OPB | June 02, 2015

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency in May. We discuss what that means for the state's residents and wildlife.

New Approaches To Managing Big, Expensive Wildfires

OPB | May 27, 2015

Many wildfire policy experts say the goal with some wildfires isn't to stop the fire, but to manage the way they burn.

Oregon State Wildfire Insurance In Jeopardy

OPB | March 30, 2015

MONDAY: Oregon legislators worry about how to cover wildfire costs as insurance prices rise.

The Latest Update On Oregon Wildfires

OPB | Aug. 11, 2014

MONDAY: We'll get the latest on the South Fork Complex Fire.

News Roundtable: August 8, 2014

OPB | Aug. 08, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

What's It Like To Be A Wildland Firefighter?

OPB | Aug. 07, 2014

THURSDAY: We'll hear about the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter who is battling wildfires this summer.

Rowena Fire

OPB | Aug. 06, 2014

WEDNESDAY: We get the latest on the Columbia Gorge fire that has caused evacuations in the Oregon town of Rowena.

Checking In On Northwest Wildfires

OPB | July 15, 2014

TUESDAY: We'll talk with EarthFix reporter Devan Schwartz and Robin DeMario from the Northwest Coordination Center about wildfires in the Northwest.

New Vancouver Fireworks Law Limits Sales And Use

OPB | June 27, 2014

FRIDAY: This year, Vancouver, Washington residents will only be able to set off fireworks on July 4.

Containing The Two Bulls Fire Near Bend

OPB | June 09, 2014

MONDAY: We'll find out how firefighting efforts are going in Central Oregon and what the blaze could suggest for this summer's fire season.

The New Science Of Fighting Wildfires

OPB | Sept. 27, 2013

As another deadly and expensive fire season comes to an end, scientists are trying to better understand how fire spreads.

Exploring Firefighter Fatigue

OPB | Aug. 29, 2013

Firefighters work long shifts in intense conditions. What keeps them coming back for more, and how do they prevent fatigue?