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Wildfire Awareness Week 2010
Overview
Governor Ted Kulongoski issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 2-8, 2010 as Wildfire Awareness Week in Oregon. This week is set aside to remind Oregonians that wildfires increasingly threaten their lives and homes. Oregonians living in the wildland urban interface are especially vulnerable to these fires.
 
The majority of wildfires in Oregon are human-caused. Leading all other categories in
human-caused wildfires is escaped debris burns. This is followed by equipment use, recreation (including campfires), and smoking.
 
 
Debris Burning Facts
  • During 2005-2009, there were four reported civilian fatalities in Oregon caused by burning yard debris or trash. There were six civilian and eight firefighter injuries also.
  • Debris Burning Fires in Oregon 2005-2009 
  • Approximately 200 adult males in Oregon are severely burned each year when using gasoline or ignitable liquids to burn trash and yard debris, or light campfires or charcoal grills.
 
This year the Office of State Fire Marshal is focusing on alternatives to debris burning to prevent fire fatalities, injuries and property loss. The OSFM encourages you to recycle or compost your yard waste instead of burning your yard debris.

Alternatives to Burning Debris
  • Chip or shred yard debris and use it as mulch. Most homeowners may not have a chipper. Get together with your neighbors to rent one and organize a community cleanup day.
  • Compost yard debris
  • Take the debris to a proper disposal or recycle location 
  • Curbside pickup
  • Contact your city or county offices to find alternatives to debris burning

Resources
Central Oregon FireFree Recycle Dates
Wildland Urban Interface Information

Media Release
April 23, 2010
Wildfire Awareness Week is May 2-8