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State offering virtual wildfire recovery classes

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is conducting a series of virtual wildfire recovery classes, beginning with a May 3 session on community protection planning and ending June 21 with a look at this summer’s fire forecast.

All classes run from noon to 1 p.m. except for the forecast finale, which is set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Here is a look at the available classes.

May 3: Firewise USA: What motivates people to start a community program 

It takes a community to rise to the challenge of wildfire in Oregon. Kick off Wildfire Awareness Month with a discussion about how communities can work better together on wildfire preparedness and how your community can take your neighborhood to the next level. 


May 10: 5 E’s of community risk reduction 

Our actions in the fire service are based on the national community risk reduction framework. Come join a discussion focused on applying the 5 E’s to wildfire mitigation in Oregon communities. The 5 E’s are education, engineering, enforcement, emergency response and economic incentives.


May 16: CWPP 101 

Planning at the right levels leads to action in our communities. Come learn about the keystone planning tools for communities with wildfire risk: Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP). Whether you have an existing plan or want to learn how to start one, join fellow wildfire planners for CWPP 101. 


May 24: Emergency preparedness  

Evacuations during an emergency can happen in a matter of minutes. Are you prepared and ready to go at a moment’s notice? Join the OSFM and the Department of Emergency Management and learn from the experts about all things evacuation preparedness. Get ready today to be prepared for tomorrow. 


May 31: Fire-resistant plants and flammable plants 

Add a splash of color and a bit of flair to your defensible space plan. Join the OSFM as we dive into fire-resistant plants. Some are better than others. We’ll talk about which to add or keep and which could spell disaster. 


June 14: Public safety power shut-off 

Are you ready in the event of a public safety power shutoff? From food to medication, how do you prepare for the lights to be turned off during dangerous weather conditions to prevent wildfires? Join us as we talk with the experts. 


June 21: Fire season forecast 

There are many aspects that go into predicting a wildfire season. Will the snowpack and wet early spring have an impact on this fire season? Join us for a discussion with experts on how the 2023 fire season is shaping up.


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