This past weekend marked the final days at Deschutes County transfer stations to dispose of yard debris in an effort to create and maintain defensible space around your home.
Residents from across Deschutes County responded by bringing 3,812 cubic yards of flammable yard waste to transfer stations in Cloverdale, Redmond and La Pine on May 18 & 19.
This brings the total FireFree material collected this spring to 31,697 cubic yards! A total increase of 9% for the same period last year!
?Once again, residents in Central Oregon prove that they understand their responsibility when it comes to wildfire preparedness,? comments Katie Lighthall, FireFree Program Coordinator.
Lighthall reminds residents that the FireFree message is a year-round effort to educate community members about how they can be prepared for wildfires. Residents are encouraged to visit www.FireFree.org for more information on reducing the structural vulnerability of homes and getting prepared for fire season.
FireFree is a public education campaign designed to increase resident participation in wildfire defense and to mitigate losses due to wildfire. The annual clean up days are a key part of involving area residents in removing debris from around their homes and property, and increasing awareness about other steps they can take to reduce the potential for wildfires reaching homes and neighborhoods.
For more information about FireFree activities in your area, call your local fire department or Project Wildfire at 541-382-7129