May 09, 2013

Wyden to get Wildland Fire Briefing in Portland on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m.

Portland, OR –With dry conditions across Oregon and an early start to the 2013 fire season, Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will receive a wildland fire season briefing from federal and state officials on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Northwest Coordinated Fire Center in Portland.

Last year, Oregon experienced a near-record amount of acres burned. This year, the early start to fire season is the result of a drier-than-normal spring and a week of unseasonably warm weather. Senator Wyden will ask federal fire officials about the seriousness of the current conditions and whether the resources are available to fight fires this early in the year.

Who: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden; Dan O’Brien, Manager of Northwest Coordination Center; Jerry Perez, State Director, BLM; David Summer, Director of Fire and Aviation Management; Jeff Walter, Acting Deputy Regional Forester, US Forest Service; Jeff Fedrizzi, BLM, Oregon/Washington Fire Management Officer

What:  Briefing on 2013 Fire Season

When: 10 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2013

Where: Northwest Coordinated Fire Center 

    150 SW Harrison St.