SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts

Do you know how to defend your home against a wildfire?

NewsWatch 12 spoke with Rural Metro Fire about some of the best ways you can maintain your property and defend your home against a wildfire.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 5:19 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 9:30 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As we get further into fire season, the chance of a fire threatening your home grows.

NewsWatch 12 spoke with Rural Metro Fire about some of the best ways you can maintain your property and defend your home against a wildfire.

  • Ensure your address is up to date for first responders. If you have a gate code, make sure the code is included with your address so first responders can get access to your home in an emergency.
  • Maintain defensible space by regularly clearing out gutters, raking dry fire fuels away from your home and trimming lower limbs on trees
  • Remove all brush 35-50ft. within your home’s perimeter
  • Keep grass as short as possible and green. Check with your local fire department for mowing restrictions.
  • Have a charged garden hose attached to all outlet spicket’s that are on the outside of your home
  • Ensure each hose has a nozzle and water bucket

If you are within an evacuation zone, here are some ways you can prepare your home.

  • Put all patio and porch cushions indoors
  • Gather valuables and place in an easily accessible location
  • Have a plan for your pets
  • Close all windows in your home
  • Open drapes but keep metal Venetian blinds closed
  • If you have a sprinkler system, be aware that the loss of power can have an effect on the ability to use your garden hose or sprinklers so have a back-up plan
  • Park your vehicle facing towards the exit to make for an easy escape

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 345344

Reported Deaths: 4084
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54651678
Washington37724310
Marion35705439
Clackamas28835298
Lane26661291
Jackson22465297
Deschutes19252122
Umatilla14081139
Linn12200114
Douglas11664238
Josephine9174191
Yamhill8438108
Klamath7549106
Polk707380
Malheur542374
Benton521531
Coos481591
Columbia368143
Jefferson355650
Union309944
Lincoln306033
Wasco275839
Crook263643
Clatsop238027
Baker195628
Tillamook191926
Hood River186036
Morrow180223
Curry177019
Harney106424
Grant96512
Lake86910
Wallowa65712
Gilliam1484
Sherman1453
Wheeler941
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4802761

Reported Deaths: 70456
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147341026379
Riverside3689534978
San Diego3631694151
San Bernardino3558485562
Orange3224975513
Sacramento1574982273
Santa Clara1443001886
Fresno1437452048
Kern1437161600
Alameda1197741365
San Joaquin1016431696
Ventura1004421162
Contra Costa99102969
Stanislaus849231310
Tulare78753945
San Francisco53974644
San Mateo53781618
Monterey50676582
Solano45734334
Santa Barbara44770518
Merced41680577
Sonoma40638400
Placer38813412
Imperial35591762
Kings32197312
San Luis Obispo29590330
Madera23420281
Butte23298257
Shasta23230334
Santa Cruz20830217
Yolo20092247
Marin17570243
El Dorado16947149
Sutter13762169
Napa12797100
Yuba992780
Tehama9240103
Humboldt9085108
Nevada902590
Mendocino751686
Lassen743743
San Benito735972
Tuolumne671793
Lake6499103
Amador536763
Siskiyou442742
Glenn429930
Calaveras380279
Del Norte355739
Colusa301618
Inyo194239
Mono16285
Plumas15476
Mariposa126215
Trinity85811
Modoc6678
Sierra1710
Unassigned1480
Alpine1020
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 53°
Brookings
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 50°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 53°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 53°
Klamath Falls
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 41°
Big changes later this weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events