Your Voice, Your Vote: Reducing the risk of massive wildfires in Oregon

Photo of the Eagle Creek Fire taken from the Washington side of the Bonneville Dam area on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (Photo by Tristan Fortsch)

The 33,400-acre Eagle Creek Fire has been burning in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge for more than a week, forcing hundreds from their homes and threatening several natural landmarks. Oregon State Police believe it was started by a 15-year-old who threw a firework from the Eagle Creek Trail.

The is one of several fires burning across the Pacific Northwest – including the Chetco Bar Fire that is burning more than 182,000 acres of timber in Southwest Oregon.

We talked with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden about how to prevent these massive wildfires in future seasons, and whatwe need to handle the current blazes across the state.

KATU's Steve Dun also hears from two hikers who share their story of how they became heroes while rescuing the 150 others who were stranded on the Eagle Creek Trail.

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