After going through a record $122 million fighting big wildfires this year, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking the Legislature for $40 million to cover its costs this year and for greater spending authority next year.
The issue was being taken up Friday by the Legislature's Emergency Board in Salem.
Lightning and drought spread wildfire to more state-protected land this year than any year since 1951 - and eight times the 10-year average.
The total was 162 square miles on state, private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon department.
Oregon spent $122 million on large fires, putting it $40 million over current funding sources.