The cost from the wildfires raging across our state, in damaged property and lives lost, will be unprecedented for Oregon. But the strong winds that stoked the flames and pushed the blazes toward populated areas? Forecasters saw those coming. And the winds fit a pattern that’s played out through history.
On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, reporters Kale Williams and Ted Sickinger talk about how climate change and federal forest management policies have put our state in this terrible predicament, where small blazes can turn into raging infernos — and whether we have any reason for optimism going forward.
— Andrew Theen