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Wildfire Awareness Week 2011
Overview
During 2006-2010 there were 5,351 wildfires on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands. Of those 3,717 were human-caused and 1,634 lightning-caused which together resulted in burning 86,571 acres which cost $78,016,877. Oregonians living in the wildland urban interface are especially vulnerable to these fires.
 
To reduce the threat of wildfires, Governors from California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon issued a proclamation declaring May as Wildfire Awareness Month. In Oregon, we will celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week May 1-7, 2011 with the theme Fire Adaptive Communities – Designed to Survive. This week is set aside to remind Oregonians that wildfires increasingly threaten their lives and homes.
 
The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise Communities® program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

To save lives and property from wildfire, the Firewise Communities® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

Resources
For more information visit Firewise Communities® or contact Oregon Department of Forestry, National Fire Plan Coordinator and Oregon Firewise State Liaison, Kristin Babbs at kristin.a.babbs@state.or.us or 503-945-7444.
 
For additional resources, visit: Wildland Urban Interface.