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Working together for fire prevention

While we continue moving forward with cleanup from the Labor Day fires of 2020, we must all work together to avoid another devastating fire season this year. Governor Kate Brown recognized May as “Wildfire Awareness Month,” and we are calling on all Oregonians to unite in being extra fire-wise to help protect our state and our valuable natural resources. You have the power to help improve the outcome of wildfires.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with a number of state and county agencies to help Oregonians learn about actions we can take to protect ourselves and our communities from the threat of wildfire. We’re working with federal and state wildfire and land management partners to plan for and coordinate efforts as the 2021 fire season approaches. Our crews are working to create fire-resilient areas and defensible space on fire-damaged properties by removing adjacent hazard trees and other slash and potential fire fuels.

What you do at your home and the land nearby can reduce the chance that your home will burn. Take stock of your property while there is still time to prepare for the upcoming fire season. With significantly more wildfires already reported compared to this time last year, we need your help as we enter the dry summer month. Visit our partners at Keep Oregon Green for more information on basic wildfire safety and prevention while you’re at home, at work, or out and about. For the latest on fire activity in Oregon, visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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