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Lessons Learned After Oak Knoll Fire

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ASHLAND, Ore. – More communities in Ashland are taking steps to keep their neighborhoods fire safe. They say they were inspired by the Oak Knoll fire, which burned 11 homes in Ashland exactly two years ago on Friday.

Two years after the devastating effects of the Oak Knoll fire in Ashland, several communities within the city are continuing to take the message of fire safety to heart. Ashland Fire says it was a coincidence, that their Firewise community program began after the Oak Knoll Fire destroyed 11 homes in August 2010, but they say those images moved people to act.

The program provides grants to help neighborhoods remove flammable vegetation and in the two years since the Oak Knoll Fire, the burned neighborhood was rebuilt under those fire standards, and nine neighborhoods have been recognized as Firewise communities.

The Canyon Park area is the latest. Neighbors have worked together to clear excess brush and protect each other’s homes. That attention to safety may be the biggest positive effect to come from the Oak Knoll tragedy. If you are interested in having your neighborhood become an Ashland Firewise community, you can find more information online at AshlandFirewise.org or on their Twitter and Facebook pages.