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May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month

WildfireMEDFORD, Ore. – May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month and Oregon fire officials are spreading awareness about wildfire prevention. One major way people can stay safe during wildfire season is reducing their home’s vulnerability to wildfires.

“Creating defensible space around your home is the single most important thing you can do to help save your home from wildfire,” says Interim Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “The more you can do to make your home defensible, the easier it is for firefighters to protect it.”

Fire officials suggest maintaining the landscape around your home and providing safe access to firefighters in the event of an emergency response. Officials with Firewise say clearing your gutters of leaves and pine needles and removing flammable plants like juniper bushes are also a good idea to defending your home against the spread of wildfire.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org.