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Jackson County Commissioners Prepare Proclamation on Wildfire Policy

Jackson County is taking steps to help stop any wildfires that might start this upcoming fire season. The Board of Commissioners are writing a proclamation demanding more impactful legislation on both the state and federal levels.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 6:18 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Jackson County is taking steps to help stop any wildfires that might start this upcoming fire season. The Board of Commissioners are writing a proclamation demanding more impactful legislation on both the state and federal levels.

“It's a timely issue. Fire season is coming up quickly. The proclamation sends the notice that that is what we intend and that is what we're going to continue to fight for at all levels,” said Commissioner Rick Dyer.

The Board of Commissioners believe some fire suppression policies need to allow for faster response. They also want more fire suppression resources to be available during fire season.

“We are still lobbying at the federal level to have the discretion to employ less than full suppression during fire season. We feel that that's a policy that's just not congruent with the health, safety, and welfare of Jackson County residents,” Dyer added. “We can impact some policies or affect some additional resources being sent down here. We feel that that could impact and mitigate those fires and possibly reduce the numbers of fires in their severity and the smoke that we experience here in the valley…We don't expect to not have any fires during the summer but we certainly think that there's a lot that can be done to mitigate those and to help the dramatic consequences on our economy [and] on her quality of life."

The Board of Commissioners plan to look over that proclamation Thursday. Commissioner Rick Dyer said they will be talking about impacts of fire season every Tuesday and Thursday for the near future.

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