Oregon governor: Feds must do more to manage fire-prone land

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the federal government needs to send more resources to do more forest thinning on public lands.

Brown made the comments in a call with reporters Thursday as she searches for ways to stem wildfires that are getting bigger and more dangerous.

One possible option Brown is looking at is allowing some fires to burn but keeping them away from populated areas, as well as prescribed burns and increased thinning.

Wildfire experts say fires make forests more fire-resilient and healthy.

Brown announced on Wednesday an executive order establishing the Oregon Wildfire Response Council, tasked with evaluating Oregon’s current response system to large fires.