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Wyden told senators wildfires are burning across the West and they are bigger, hotter and more damaging.

 

He calls them a wreckling ball, pounding the rural West.

 

"And the prospect that we could be leaving this week without this change, well, I call it legislative malpractice.  We have an opportunity with bipartisan legislation to make a real difference.  We have a a chance to spend scarce dollars wisely and in the West it's nothing short of survival."

 

Wyden says fire prevention funds are being used to fight fires instead of prevent them.  He says he saw what prevention can do in central Oregon during our recent Two Bulls fire.

 

"So my hope is we can treat hazardous fuels and do more prevention work.  And I saw with a fire in central Oregon when it reached the treated areas outside of Bend, it stopped  dead in its tracks.  I saw the difference between acres treated and areas left untreated."

 

Wyden says his bill would end the practice of "fire borrowing"  -- which happens when the Forest Service and the Interior Department are force to take money from other important programs to fund suppression efforts.

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Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.