The Biden administration plans to significantly increase efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have been torching areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around areas where nature and neighborhoods collide.
Air quality monitoring by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in 2020 detected elevated levels of chemicals known to cause cancer. A new agency analysis suggests these compounds could be connected to wildfire smoke.
When the Almeda Fire tore through Southern Oregon last year, manufactured home parks were among the developments that were damaged most. More than a year later, assistance for these communities is slowly starting to appear.