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Wildfire awareness to be featured at Aviation Museum May 9
Contact: Malcolm Hiatt
503-789-7498 cell
503-359-7450 office
Families can learn about flying vintage airplanes and protecting their homes from wildfire in a single outing to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum on Saturday, May 9.  Oregon Wildfire Awareness Week will host booths on fire-resistant landscaping plants and building materials, demonstrations of wildland fire engines, and much more at the McMinnville-based museum.
Wildfire Awareness Week activities include:
  • Home defensibility – 10 a.m.
  • Smokey Bear appearances throughout the day
  • Campfire safety demonstration – 11 a.m.
  • Basic in-home fire safety and protecting homes from wildfire – throughout the day
  • Smokey Bear history and marketing – 3 p.m.
Booths include:
  • Children’s crafts and activities
  • Wildland fire engine demonstration
  • Fire safety house
  • Fire shelter training
  • Volunteer firefighter recruitment
  • Firefighting supertanker
  • Remote-controlled fire observation drone plane
  • Home defensibility
  • Fire-resistant roofing and building materials
  • Fire-resistant landscaping plants
  • Photos of homes landscaped to resist wildfire
  • Examples of home water features that can double as rural water supplies
Booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Directions to the museum can be found at: www.sprucegoose.org.

State, local and federal firefighting agencies are staffing the Wildfire Awareness Week event in partnership with the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Oregon Wildfire Awareness Week, May 2-9, aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of wildfire, and offer tips on how to prevent human-caused wildfires from occurring.