Forests across the western United States are stressed from high tree densities, drought, and insect and disease outbreaks. Past management practices along with more human-caused wildfire and changes in weather are causing wildfires to burn hotter, longer, more frequent, and over greater areas. We need to be more proactive, not reactive. The Extension Fire Program fosters healthy communities and landscapes by empowering people to live well with fire.
Prescribed burning is the practice of intentional burning to obtain specific results. People practice prescribed fire to improve habitat, improve the health of forests and rangelands, and to reduce wildfire risk. ...
Prescribed burns are an important tool in preventing wildfires, but the smoke they produce can be more than just a nuisance. Besides reducing visibility, smoke can affect the health and safety of firefighters and...
Learn topics such as current weather and fuel conditions, challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and people’s roles in where fires occur and how we can prevent them. Presenters also discuss the home ignition zone and why structures ignite.
Gain an understanding of what it means to be prepared to evacuate, including a demonstration on how to build your personal go-packs.
Wildfire is inevitable — learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. Handy worksheets help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.
The degree of wildfire risk depends on both the probability of an ignition and the potential for damage or harm (such as loss of trees, homes, or even lives). Recognizing that you may have a high wildfire ...
Max Bennett, Stephen Fitzgerald, Robert (Bob) Parker, Marty Main, Andy Perleberg, Chris C. Schnepf, Ron Mahoney |
Oct 2010 |
Extension Catalog publicationPeer reviewed (Orange level)
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This curriculum is designed to teach the basics of fire to non-fire-professional community members, including instructors and landowners, such as ranchers and farmers. The goal is to reduce risk and fire hazard through education and understanding.
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Q: I live in a forested area of Deschutes County. I think that deadfall (cut trunks laying on the forest floor) left to decompose improves the health of the forest, but I am wondering if it also increases fire risk.