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2014 Wildfire Awareness Month Toolkit

​May 2014 is WildfFire Awareness month in Oregon and the slogan for this month is "Wildfire Knows No Season."  On this web page are graphic resources, courtesy of Keep Oregon Green Association, that you can use for any of your local or organization's fire prevention messaging during the month.

Following these resources, are links to news releases, social media messages, photos, and videos - including two special public service announcement video messages from Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., organized week-by-week into four topical areas that the Keep Oregon Green Association and Oregon Department of Forestry chose to communicate about throughout this month:

  • defensible space,
  • debris burning,
  • campfire safety, and
  • fire season preparation.


 Graphic Resource Imagery

These files are for your convenience as easy messaging graphics that you can grab and go with to create your own local communications, as well as submit in local news media outlets.  Note that the digital imagery is intended for electronic use and, as such, was created at a low resolution.  However, for print medium, high resolution is a necessity, so the Print PDFs are very large files that may take time to download, are, generally, too large for e-mail communications.

Also note that the digital imagery and the printed PDFs are of different designs since they were created for different purposes.

Digital Imagery (Banners)

Digital images are deisgend to be used as "additions" in messages or communications appropriate for a header, footer, narrow left or right margin, etc.

Narrow, vertical image [160x600 ppi; GIF]
Rectangular, horizontal image (close to square-shapred) [300x250 ppi; GIF]
Narrow,  horizontal image [728x90 ppi; GIF]


Print Quality PDFs

The high-resolution PDFs are designed to be used for posters, flyers, print advertising, etc.

Wildfire Awareness Month Info-Graphic [11x17 inches; PDF]
Wildlife Awareness Month Info-Graphic [22x28 inches; PDF]
Wildfire Awareness Month Info-Graphic - Half-page flyer [PDF]
Wildfire Awareness Month Info-Graphic - Quarter-page Print Ad [B/W; PDF]


Note that the Keep Oregon Green Association also received the imagery in MacIntosh format and some in Adobe Illustrator. If you need the files in these platforms, just let us know and we can arrange a way to get those to you using a web transferring service (e.g., Dropbox), as needed.

Oregon Department of Forestry on Flickr

There are also photos of wildfire, fire protection, and fire season 2013 available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's Flickr website at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondepartmentofforestry/


Public Service Announcement Video Messages from
 Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

Governor Kitzhaber encourages Oregonians to help prevent human-caused wildfires by practicing basic safety tips outdoors

Video #1:  Basic WildFire Safety



Governor Kitzhaber encourages creating clean, lean, and green space around your home to help prevent wildfire damage

Video #2:  Lean, green, and clean space around your home




Wildfire Awareness Month - May 2014

News Release:  Wildfire knows no season, April 25, 2014

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondepartmentofforestry/13988242675/

Photo caption:  "Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season."
Facebook/Blog Posts/Brief Messages:
May is Fire Prevention Awareness month. 

The video, below - 2013: An Epic Fire Season - relays the events of the Oregon Department of Forestry's most severe wildfire season in 60 years. Please do your part to help prevent forest fires through greater awareness and, if you haven't already done so, share this video




Help reduce #fire during #OR #Wildfire Awareness Mnth. We're in this together. #ORfire firewise.org/?sso=0 pic.twitter.com/ 


May 3rd - National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

News Release: Get a jump on fire season on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, April 17, 2014

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondepartmentofforestry/13965094376/

Photo caption: "Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes."

Facebook/Blog Post/Brief Message:


WAM! - Wildfire Awareness Month - starts Thursday.

BAM! - Get more info about how you can help put the smack down on wildfires before they start: www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day

POW! - Check out the video about fire resistant landscaping!

Plans for Saturday? How will you prepare to help prevent wildfires?

Social Media Messages on ildfire Community Preparedness Day [DOC] 

Video:  Fire Resistant Landscaping Tips




Tweet: May 3-National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day-Fire Resistant Landscaping video http://ow.ly/winBE.  


Week of May 5th: Defensible Space

News Releases:

Time to create defensible space around your home, April 28, 2014
Defensible Space against wildfire not moonscaping minus the craters, May 2, 2014

Firewise Landscaping and Construction Checklist

Social Media Messages on Defensible Space:

Video:  Your Home and Wildfires 





Week of May 12th: Debris Burning

News Release:  Warmer weather brings backyard debris burning safety reminders

Debris Burn Checklist [DOC]

Debris Burn Checklist [PUB]

Social Media Messages on Safe Debrfis Burning [DOC]

Video: Debris Burning




Video: Smokey Bear Neighbor





Week of May 19th: Campfire Safety

News Release: How to keep your campfire from becoming a wildfire 

Campfire Checklist (English) [PDF]

Campfire Checklist (Spanish) [PDF]

Social Media Messages on Campfire Safety [DOC]

Video: Bear Hug - Campfire





Week of May 26th: Preparing for Fire Season 2014

News Release: Forest travel, recreation tips to prevent wildfires, May 23, 2014

News Release: Interagency News Release by the Oregon Department of Forestry, U. S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management:  Wildfire Awareness - What You Can Do, May 29, 2014

Social Media Messages on Fire Season Preparedness [DOC]

Video:  Prepared to Prevent Fires at Home 




Video: Wildfire Preparedness - Watch-outs




For More Information

If you have questions about the Keep Oregon Green Association, the prevention of human-caused fires in Oregon, or the graphic imagery, contact Kris Babbs, KOG, at 503-945-7499 (office), 503-550-2007 (cell), or kbabbs@odf.state.or.us.

For more information about ODF Fire Prevention, contact Tom Fields, ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator, at 503-945-7440 (office), 503-983-8897 (cell), or tfields@odf.state.or.us.

If you have specific questions about this web page, please contact Jeri Chase, ODF Public Affairs, at 503-945-7201 or jchase@odf.state.or.us.