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Contest rewards homeowners who protect their homes from wildfire
04/15/2008
Contact: Malcolm Hiatt, 503-359-7450
 
Ever wonder what would happen if a wildfire swept through your neighborhood? Homeowners in northwestern Oregon can win up to $500 in cash to help make their homes survivable in such an event. The 2008 Wildfire Home Awareness Contest is offering contestants in 12 northwestern counties a chance to win cash prizes if they have taken key steps to significantly reduce the fire risk to their home and property.
 
Beginning May 3, the contest will select four contestant homes each week through June 27 to compete against each other. Each week, the home judged to be the best prepared to survive a wildfire will receive a $500 cash prize. The three runner-ups will get cash prizes ranging from $200 to $50, depending on how their homes score for survivability.
 
On top of the cash prizes, contestants that earn $200 or more will be entered into a grand prize drawing for an all-expense-paid vacation to Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort & Casino.
Sponsored by state and local fire officials as well as other public and private organizations, the Wildfire Home Awareness Contest aims to encourage homeowners in the wildland-urban interface to make fire-safing improvements before the 2008 wildfire season.
 
Who is eligible
Homeowners in the following counties are eligible to enter: Benton, Linn, Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Clackamas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Columbia, Clatsop, Washington and Multnomah.
 
How to register
Contest registration can be completed online, www.oregon.gov/odf, or by submitting the following information by mail or in person to: Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Attn: Wildfire Contest, 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove, Oregon 97116-1118. Entries will be accepted through June 23. The contest rules are posted on the website listed above.
 
Four contestants will be chosen weekly from May 5 through June 27. The grand prize winner will be announced on July 5.
 
Sponsors of the Wildfire Home Awareness Contest include: KPTV Fox 12, Keep Oregon Green, State Farm Insurance, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop County Firefighters Association, and the Fire Defense Board Chiefs of Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, Linn, Washington, Yamhill and Polk counties.