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Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

People living in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), where homes and other structures are built in or near woodland settings or forests, face the danger of wildfire. Wildfires can be ignited by escaped debris burning, the careless tossing of a cigarette, an unattended campfire, or from natural causes like lighting, and they spread fast.

Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfires in Oregon. Fall and spring are ideal times to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose an escaped fire threat. Lawn mowers and chain saws are a few examples of equipment that can cause a wildfire when sparks ignite vegetation such as grass, weeds, or bark dust. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, please follow safe burning practices.

Recycle yard debris. Chip, compost, or haul debris to a recycling center.

Call before you burn yard debris. Check with your local fire agency or air protection authority to learn if there are any burning restrictions and if a permit is required.

Know the weather forecast. Never burn on dry or windy days because it is easy for burning to spread out of control.

Burn only yard debris. State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

Keep your burn pile small or use a burn barrel. Clear at least a 15-foot radius around a barrel and at least a 25-foot radius around your burn pile, and make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above. Wet down the surrounding area before, during, and after the burn.

Always have water and fire tools on site. Keep a water-charged hose, a bucket of water, a shovel, and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.

Stay with the fire. Oregon law requires that you monitor a debris burn continually from start to finish until completely out.

Extinguish the fire. Drown the burn pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is completely out.

Recheck the fire. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and the wind begins to blow.

Gasoline/Flammable Liquid Safety Brochure
Yard Debris Removal & Equipment Use Fire Safety Brochure
Composting Information
National Gasoline Safety Project, Stop Gas Fires

Fire season requires residents to be at an increased awareness for the dangers of wildfire. Your local fire agency takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from fire. During a large wildfire, there may not be enough fire engines or firefighters to defend every home.

Your local law enforcement agency orders evacuations. If you feel threatened by a wildfire, do not wait for an official evacuation order.

There are three levels of evacuation.

  • Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

  • Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. You should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as this level indicates there is a significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

  • Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” evacuate NOW – leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

If you are advised to evacuate, take your emergency supply kit, lock your home, and choose a route away from the fire hazard. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of the fire and smoke. Tell someone when you left and where you are going.

Remember the eight Ps​ in case an immediate evacuation is required: people, pets, personal computer, prescriptions, paperwork (important documents), pictures, phone (cell), and plastic (credit/bank cards).

American Red Cross Wildfire App
After a Fire

We are introducing a well-known Pacific Northwest mystery into our wildfire prevention marketing, known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Bigfoot is a protector of the wilderness and his “home”, and we are encouraging residents to take action to prevent wildfires.


Bigfoot "Believe" Poster 

Desktop Wallpapers

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Mobile Phone Wallpapers

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Social Media Images

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Youth Products

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Shirt Designs

Bigfoot "Believe" Shirt 


Fire & Life Safety Education
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-934-8228

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