Wildfire season is a yearly potential threat to the State Radio Project infrastructure. Many radio sites are situated in dry, hot, remote locations, and the east side of the state is especially vulnerable because of these conditions.
In late July, a wildfire caused by lightning burned over 66,000 acres near the Aldrich Mountain radio site 20 miles southwest of John Day. Fortunately the South Fork Complex Fire never reached the site. But ODOT's Maintenance and Operations Branch works closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry every year to create a protection plan in advance of fire season.
Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management