Bootleg Fire aftermath

The sun sets in the summer of 2021 over a stand of burned trees from the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, withdrew its fire risk map after publishing it five weeks earlier in the wake of backlash from the public and politicians.

PENDLETON — The Oregon Department of Forestry’s decision to pull back and revise its wildfire risk map was a wise move, according to local elected officials.

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, said the rollout of the map and ensuing letters to property owners about fire risk was not handled well. This not only put the cart before the horse, he said, it raised the worries of lots of people.

The Observer reporter Dick Mason contributed to this article.

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