Firewise Meeting in Grants Pass

gp firewiseGRANTS PASS, Ore. – After last week’s wildfire burned close to neighborhoods on Beacon Hill, Grants Pass firefighters want to make sure people protect their homes from wildfire threats.

Firefighters held a community meeting Thursday night to talk about firewise tactics around homes. They urged homeowners to create defensible space around houses, take out flammable plants like juniper, and trim branches in nearby trees.

Only seven people showed up for Thursday’s meeting, but Grants Pass Firewise coordinator Bob Schumacher says communities can spread the word to neighbors and friends to cut down on the wildfire risk.

“Work to protect their whole neighborhood, not just their house,” he said. “Because in an urban environment, your house is only as safe as the one next to it, and therefore it’s important that their house is safe and your house is  safe and everybody does their part.”

Last Friday, the Beacon Hill fire burned 115 acres near Interstate 5 and approached several neighborhoods before firefighters got the flames under control. There was little structural damage.

Grants Pass firefighters will hold another firewise meeting June 13th at 6 p.m., at the Hillcrest Public Safety Station, located at 199 NW Hillcrest Dr.