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The Kalmiopsis was once one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Oregon...but fire ravaged the landscape, turning a half million acres of lush forest into a burnt wasteland. The Biscuit fire is Oregon's largest wildfire on record, and today scientists are asking why this fire got so out of hand, and what should be done to restore the forest now.

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Oregon Field Guide

Biscuit Fire Recovery

OPB | Feb. 1, 2004 7:30 p.m.

The Biscuit fire of 2002 was the state's largest recorded wildfire.

All Season 15

Condors; Frank Boyden; River Surfing (1512)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1512
Original Broadcast: July 17, 2008

Aquarium Divers; Pacific Lamprey; Special Track Meet; Cascade Head Photo Essay (1511)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1511
Original Broadcast: August 14, 2008

Zoo Workers; Yellow Rails (1510)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1510
Original Broadcast: August 30, 2007

Biscuit Fire Recovery (1507)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1507

Jellyfish; Pueblo Hike; Squirt Boats (1506)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1506
Original Broadcast: December 21, 2006

Dinomorph; Estuary; Rancher Skier (1505)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1505
Original Broadcast: August 23, 2007

BLM Crime; Primitive Living (1503)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1503
Original Broadcast: September 1, 2006

Spotted Owl; Beneficial Insects; Reed Canyon Restoration (1502)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1502
Original Broadcast: January 18, 2007

Mountain Unicycle; Tide Pool; Branding Day (1501)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1501
Original Broadcast: November 22, 2007


Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan