Disaster Relief Oregon--- Support for firefighters and providing shelter, food and water for the victims of this tragic disaster. The Bootleg Fire is raging out of control in southern Oregon exploded for the fifth day in a row Saturday afternoon, leading to the rare step of police citing and arresting people attempting to enter or stay in the evacuation zone northeast of Klamath Falls. The fire was listed at 76,000 acres Saturday morning but appears to have grown much larger, as massive smoke plumes brought life-threatening risk and hazardous air quality across southern Oregon, according to fire crews. The fire behavior we are seeing on the Bootleg Fire is among the most extreme you can find and firefighters are seeing conditions they have never seen before. The fast-growing wildfire has prompted mandatory evacuations, threatening about 3,000 homes. Pushed by strong winds, the fire's burn zone in Klamath County has grown to more than 120 square miles.
Protect Endangered Wildlife - Oregon's old growth forest provide habitat for hundreds of species of fish and wildlife, including threatened species like the Northern Spotted Owl and the Oregon Spotted Frog.
Keep Watersheds Clean - Trees filter excess sediment, nutrients and toxins before they enter waterways. Trees filter excess sediment, nutrients and toxins before they enter waterways. They provide shade for streams, making them healthy environments for fish, such as Oregon's rainbow trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon.
Stabilize Our Climate - Forest are an essential part of our planet's carbon and water cycles. A fully grown tree can release hundreds of liters of water in one day! Healthy trees absorb carbon dioxide and keep our climate stable.
Providing resources to help farmers. The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year. In what is shaping up to be the worst water crisis in generations, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it will not release water this season into the main canal that feeds the bulk of the massive Klamath Reclamation Project, marking a first for the 114-year-old irrigation system. The agency announced last month that hundreds of irrigators would get dramatically less water than usual, but a worsening drought picture means water will be completely shut off instead. The entire region is in extreme or exceptional drought, according to federal monitoring reports, and Oregon's Klamath County is experiencing its driest year in 127 years. This year's drought conditions are bringing unprecedented hardship to the communities of the Klamath Basin. The impacts to our family farms and these rural communities will be off the scale.
Providing shelter, food, water and Reforestation. Oregon is battling numerous wildfires scattered throughout Oregon's coast. There is a Red Flag Warning in place in areas of the North and Central Oregon Coast. Thousands of residents areas have evacuation orders. Three of the largest blazes, the Beachie Creek, Lionshead and Holiday Farm fires, saying they pose a “threat to life, safety, and property” and exceed local firefighting capabilities. The Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires burning through Santiam Canyon have scorched more than 200,000 acres. Dozens of other wildfires are raging across Oregon, spurring evacuations in many communities.
Oregonians in Jackson, Linn and Marion counties who lost their homes to wildfire
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