Citizen Fire Academy helps homeowners prepare for wildfire


Published by Kristin Babbs


May 31, 2018

SILVERTON, Ore. — What you learn at an evening workshop Tuesday, June 5 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton might save your home from wildfire. The Citizen Fire Academy class helps Oregonians take simple steps to prepare for wildfire. Cost is $5 per person. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. The Oregon Garden’s address is 879 W. Main Street, Silverton. Register online at


“Oregon communities are at risk for wildfire,” said Oregon State University Extension Forester Glenn Ahrens. “The good news is that if we prepare, we can reduce the risk to our property. Communities that survive fire events are the ones that have a plan and act on it.”


“The most important area to defend is within 200 feet of a home or other structure,” said National Fire Plan Coordinator Jenna Nelson with the Oregon Department of Forestry. “The class explains what property owners can do in this area to make sure there is no buildup of flammable fuel, such as dead leaves or conifer needles in gutters or on roofs.”


For more information about the class, contact Ahrens at 503-655-8631 or by email at

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