(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today released new public service announcements to help raise awareness of wildfire prevention and efforts underway across the state to minimize impacts from the busy fire season. The two PSAs remind Oregonians and visitors to practice basic fire safety while visiting Oregon's scenic areas.
"It's every Oregonian's responsibility to prevent human-caused fires," said Governor Kitzhaber. "With thunderstorms sparking lighting-caused fires across the state, fire crews are busy. We all need to do our part to make sure we're not diverting those crews with human-caused fires that are easily preventable by using safe practices."
Oregon has already experienced several large wildfires this season, which have burned structures, closed highways, and required evacuations. In addition, firefighters are responding daily to smaller fires to keep them from growing into dangerous or problematic events.
The Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management have issued restrictions on burning and campfires on lands under their jurisdiction. Homeowners and visitors to Oregon’s natural areas are encouraged to review restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could spark and ignite dry vegetation. Additional information is available at keeporegongreen.com.
The Governor's PSAs are available for viewing and download at the links below.
Governor on Campfire Safety
Governor on Dry Climate
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