SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Plagued by wildfires in recent years, Oregon will now evaluate the effectiveness of its system to combat the blazes.
Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she's issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Wildfire Response Council. It is to evaluate Oregon's current system of response to large fires.
OREGON ON FIRE:
- An inside look at the Terwilliger Fire damage
- Famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival burned by wildfire smoke
- Southern Oregon air quality worsens as wildfires grow
- Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million
- Researcher: Get used to wildfires; they're getting worse
- ODF brings in 747 air tanker to help with Garner Complex Fire
- Wildfires cost Oregon Shakespeare Festival $2 million
- Sen. Wyden seeks aid for vineyards hit by wildfire smoke
- Cost of fighting Oregon wildfires ahead of last year's pace
- Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to wildfire smoke
- Residents taking steps to protect their homes from wildfires
- Oregon winemakers try to stem crisis as contracts cancelled
- Wildfires continue to tear through Oregon
- Crater Lake saw few visitors because of wildfire smoke
- Medford airport cancels flights due to wildfire smoke
- Crews from across Oregon battle Klamathon Fire
- Air quality dangerous in Douglas County as wildfire smoke rolls in
The council must issue a report in September 2019 to make recommendations for the future of Oregon's wildfire response infrastructure.
Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., of Grants Pass, said he's encouraged by the governor's actions. He said the state should take a serious look at how it manages its forests, including creating a 100-year plan to prevent massive fires from occurring in the first place.