SEVERE WX : Frost Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Protecting your community against wildfires

Becoming a Firewise Community is a collective way for communities to come together and protect their homes from wildfires.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 3:59 AM
Updated: Aug 5, 2019 2:26 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Becoming a "Firewise Community" is a collective way for communities to come together and protect their homes from wildfires.

A Firewise Community starts when residents come together and acknowledge that there’s a potential for fire in the neighborhood. There are currenty nine Firewise sites in the Fire District 3 service area of Jackson County.

To become a Firewise Community, you need to touch base with your local fire department. They will come out to inspect land with a representative from ODF. They will then let homeowners know what needs to be done to make the community safer — things like removing flammable vegetation including cypress or Himalayan blackberry bushes, clearing gutters, or removing weeds.

Fire officials will also help homeowners establish a priority list of what needs to be done, so that the aspiring Firewise don’t have to do everything at once. They also work to get grants to cover the costs of these fire-safe changes.

“We have a lot of rural land in Fire District 3 service area so we feel like it's also upon us to provide this service, to educate all of our community members,” says Ashley Blakley with Fire District 3. “If they're interested in participating, then we're working very hard to acquire different funding to allow that to happen.”

To remain a Firewise Community, communities will need to check in with the local fire department once a year. They also want to see that progress is being made on the action plan that was set.

If you’re interested in learning more or getting your community involved, contact your local fire department.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 8656

Reported Deaths: 207
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah220269
Marion151446
Washington133120
Clackamas73324
Umatilla4924
Union3371
Lincoln3122
Deschutes1810
Lane1513
Linn1449
Polk14112
Klamath1190
Yamhill1198
Jackson1140
Jefferson1120
Malheur1081
Hood River880
Benton825
Wasco691
Morrow611
Clatsop480
Coos410
Douglas400
Josephine331
Columbia290
Lake170
Crook100
Tillamook90
Wallowa80
Curry70
Baker10
Grant10
Harney10
Sherman10
Gilliam00
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 231232

Reported Deaths: 6082
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1038503371
Riverside17296457
San Diego14149365
Orange13843340
San Bernardino12550253
Imperial624293
Alameda5964135
Fresno481172
Kern465570
Santa Clara4370156
Tulare4156126
San Joaquin385652
San Francisco360350
San Mateo3232108
Sacramento322368
Contra Costa313276
Santa Barbara289629
Ventura274045
Kings239429
Marin221018
Stanislaus216542
Monterey164215
Sonoma11367
Solano112624
Merced97911
Placer68411
San Luis Obispo6111
Yolo50524
Madera4885
Santa Cruz3793
Napa3174
Lassen2290
San Benito2132
El Dorado1780
Sutter1763
Butte1682
Humboldt1334
Nevada1131
Shasta1124
Glenn1030
Mendocino780
Tehama751
Yuba711
Lake600
Del Norte501
Colusa460
Mono421
Calaveras320
Inyo311
Siskiyou280
Tuolumne280
Mariposa261
Amador220
Plumas90
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 54°
Brookings
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 56°
Crater Lake
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
Grants Pass
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
Klamath Falls
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 42°
Cool nights and warm days this week
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events