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Fire District 3 launches new fuels reduction trailer program

Fire District 3 will drop a trailer off at your house so you can load it up with dead brush and plants. Then, they'll take it away for free.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 3:51 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 7:30 AM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Fire District 3 launched a new Fuels Reduction Trailer Program this summer. Firefighters will drop a trailer off at your house so you can load it with dead brush and plants. Then, they'll take it away. This program is completely free. 

You will have to call Fire District 3 before you can use the trailer. Firefighters will come out to your house and suggest how you can make it safer. Once you make some improvements, you can give Fire District 3 another call. They'll bring the trailer out to you and take it away when you're done. 

"It's not something that's going to be overbearing," said Ashley Blakely from Fire District 3. "We're really just going to take our time, talk and educate the resident about what they can do around their home to reduce the impact of wildfire on their home, their neighbors and ultimately, the community."

You can call Fire District 3 at 541-826-7100.

Firefighters said there are other ways to protect your house. This includes making sure that there are no plants zero to five feet away from your house. They said you can also replace grass and shrubs with hard scaping, or rocks. Home owners should also make sure trees near their home are not dead. 

Fire danger levels dropped to high in Jackson and Josephine Counties, according to ODF. But firefighters want to remind people that different restrictions are still in place. 

You cannot mow dead or dried grass from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. You cannot weld metal during that same time period. ODF said that no debris burning is allowed and that you can only start a campfire in official campgrounds. 

The weather might feel cool now, but dried plants and other fuels can still easily catch on fire, said Deputy Chief Mike Hussey from Fire District 3. 

"We're only a couple of weeks from being out of fire season," said Hussey. "We would ask that any of those higher risk activities that you want to partake in, please wait until October when we should be out of fire season."

That October date is not 100 percent certain, according to Hussey. But indicators point to fire season ending in about one month. 

For more information about how to protect your home from fires click here

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