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In other wildfire news: Klamath Falls student wins national prize for documentary on wildfire

Klamath Union High School senior Linnea Gebauer won second place in the annual C-SPAN StudentCam 2022 documentary competition for her student film “Fire Season”. Placing in the top 21 winning entries, Gebauer was one in 3,000 students representing 41 states and Washington, DC, South Korea, and Morocco.

In her documentary, Gebauer focuses on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and references the 2021 Bootleg Fire as an example of how wildfires are becoming more dangerous.

“When I saw the prompt of: 'How does the federal government impact your life?' I knew that I could do something with wildfires since that’s an issue that is really important to me,” said Gebauer in an interview with local news station KTVL.

“Fire Season” addresses the three goals behind the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy: Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe and Effective Wildfire Response.

“As we encounter new challenges in the coming decade, we will need creativity and flexibility in order to protect natural spaces, wildlife and human populations,” Gebauer concludes in her documentary.

Read more about this story from KTVL and watch “Fire Season” here. The documentary will air on C-SPAN Wednesday, April 6, 6:50am ET.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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