Travel Oregon is seeking comment from people affected by the Chetco Bar Fire as part of a study to analyze the economic repercussions of the 191,125-acre wildfire that blew up in the backcountry east of Brookings last summer.

The state took a huge financial hit with wildfires, including the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge that even jumped the 1-mile span of the river into Washington state and the Milli Fire that burned 24,000 acres 9 miles west of Sisters. Oregon saw 1,069 wildfires last year, 779 of which were ignited by people and 290 by lightning strikes. They burned a total of 451,863 acres.

Travel Oregon, along with timber, fishing and other stakeholders here, hope to try to shape the future of wildfire management in the state.

The organization is surveying travel-related businesses and organizations, including hotels, restaurants, retail venues, recreation businesses and organizations, event organizers, attractions and transportation and tour operators.

The survey ends March 9; the link is here.

The results will be compiled by Dean Runyan Associates and Destination Analysts and shared April 30. For more information, contact Ladan@TravelOregon.com .

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