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Forestry Department assessing wildfire hazard to homes in McKenzie watershed
Contact: John Pine, 541-726-3588
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire professionals are conducting door-to-door visits in the McKenzie River watershed to visually assess homes for survivability in the event of a wildfire. The information gathering is part of a localized effort under the Lane County Community Wildfire Protection Plan to create an action plan that will reduce the threat of wildfire to homes in and adjacent to forested areas surrounding the communities along the McKenzie.
The action plan will enable the community to tap grant dollars secured by the department to fund fuel reduction and fire prevention projects.
The wildfire home hazard assessments will look at the vegetation around the home, topography, the structure itself, and access as crucial factors that can determine whether the home would survive an encroaching wildfire.
Department personnel will offer educational materials to residents during the assessments. These publications describe the steps individual homeowners and communities can take to protect their homes from wildland fire. 
The department is available to assist in planning fire-safing projects, and may be able to help pay for suggested treatments. 
ODF will hold public meetings this spring and summer to educate homeowners on how to abate wildfire threats on their properties and adjacent public lands. 
For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry's Eastern Lane office, 541-726-3588, or email jpine@odf.state.or.us.