100 years of aviation at the Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Department of Forestry is celebrating 100 years of aviation. The organization's aviation program first started in 1919.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 4:07 AM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 1:44 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Oregon Department of Forestry's aviation unit. These helicopters, air tankers and air attack units play an important role in putting out fires. 

ODF's first aviation unit started right after World War One. When soldiers and military planes returned to America, the ODF repurposed both resources to help people in Oregon. 

The ODF started their aviation unit by using biplanes. These planes were made to be used in war, but the ODF repurposed them to detect lightning and fires. Technology has drastically changed since the ODF started its aviation unit. 

The department regularly uses helicopters now, but those weren't developed until the 1940s and 1950s. Now, the ODF even uses unmanned air units. 

Even though the aviation unit is celebrating 100 years, some things have stayed the same. 

"The quality of life of folks in the Rogue Valley is very much linked to our mission," said Medford Unit Forester Lee Winslow. "It's not that you have to care that it's a hundred years, but you can rest assured that just like a hundred years ago, the folks in our organization are looking out to try to access the best tools to do our job. We're still doing that today."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4335

Reported Deaths: 157
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah118161
Marion98126
Washington74718
Clackamas31711
Deschutes1270
Umatilla1213
Linn1189
Polk10012
Lane773
Yamhill707
Jackson670
Benton565
Clatsop450
Jefferson440
Klamath440
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco261
Josephine241
Hood River220
Lincoln170
Columbia160
Morrow120
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117215

Reported Deaths: 4305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles572192448
Riverside8155342
San Diego7554269
Orange6574150
San Bernardino5501208
Alameda351597
Santa Clara2819143
San Francisco258743
Kern237639
San Mateo218884
Tulare200489
Fresno188236
Imperial179829
Santa Barbara166912
Contra Costa150637
Sacramento143958
Ventura116434
Kings11375
San Joaquin98235
Stanislaus75029
Monterey57110
Sonoma5664
Solano54622
Marin50115
Merced3017
San Luis Obispo2781
Placer2289
Santa Cruz2172
Yolo21324
Madera1143
Napa1133
Humboldt1023
El Dorado960
San Benito882
Butte511
Sutter462
Del Norte460
Nevada421
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake260
Inyo201
Glenn170
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou80
Colusa70
Lassen50
Tehama51
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 62°
Brookings
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 56°
Crater Lake
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 65°
Grants Pass
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 64°
Klamath Falls
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 65°
Warm and dry through midweek
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events