In response to the 2012 wildfire season, Oregon Department of Forestry participated in a task force to review roles and duties of state and federal agencies in Oregon that respond to wildfires. The task force was specifically concerned about the public health risk from severe smoke impacts. It produced the Oregon Wildfire Response Protocol for Severe Smoke Episodes presented here. The protocol describes the role of each agency during severe wildfire smoke events, and how agencies can better work together to increase safety and protect public health. The protocol also lists resources to track wildfire activity and air quality.  It reviews the current evidence regarding the health effects of wildfire smoke. It also suggests possible interventions to protect the public based on the intensity and expected duration of smoke exposure. The protocol is provided as a guide for response to major wildfires.  It is not intended to limit any action taken by a public agency in the course of performing its official duties.
For further information or questions about this protocol, please contact Brian Finneran at Department of Environmental Quality in Portland (503) 229-6278, or Nick Yonker at Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem (503) 945-7451.