A national review team reports on their findings after conducting an assessment of the effectiveness of a variety of fuel reduction projects and treatments encountered by the 2015 Canyon Creek Complex.
This report looks at three basic questions:
- Are forest projects being prioritized effectively?
- Did the treatments perform as planned?
- How can the forest improve future treatments?
The analysis and discussion presented here are put in the context of the drought and adverse weather conditions experienced during the fire event. As the team presenter Frankie Romero explains early in the video, many of the treatment areas were burned during four major growth periods experienced during the Canyon Creek Complex. "Three of those big days occurred during that 3% of the most extreme conditions that [the nearby Fall Mountain] weather station has witnessed between 1978 and 2015." These fuels treatments were not designed for such extreme fire behavior. Despite the severe conditions, there are lessons learned through these findings that will be applied to improve planning and implementation for future projects across the Malheur and other forest service units.