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Data Series: Only 52% villages in India are ODF verified

According to the reply given to the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation,only 52% of the total number of villages in India are ODF (Open Defecation Free) verified. 122 more words

Health

More smoke could be in Central Oregon’s future — by design

Collaborative group seeks looser rules on controlled burning.

Local residents could one day experience more smoke outside of fire season, if a push to relax regulations governing the use of prescribed fire in the forests is successful. 57 more words

Bend Bulletin

Oregon fires: Latest updates from Eagle Creek, Chetco Bar wildfires

Here’s an updated look at the growth of wildfires across Oregon. The wildfire season has been far worse than expected following a wet winter and spring. 11 more words

Statesman Journal

Forestry department 'militia' steps up to fight fires

ODF’s management model draws staff from many jobs to support fire suppression.

Over the course of 38 years at Oregon’s Forestry Department, Roger Welty has watched the department go from spotting fires from atop lookout towers to detecting fire with drones. 43 more words

Portland Tribune