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Wildfire Awareness Month

May 2019 is officially Wildfire Awareness Month, promoting ways we can protect the lives, property and forests that are at risk from major wildfires each year.

The governors of 11 western states, including Oregon, signed a proclamation encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare their homes and communities for wildfires and work toward becoming a fire-adapted community.

There are a few simple and inexpensive things you can do to help prevent the spread of wildfire, including removing dead or flammable vegetation from your yard and pruning back trees.

Related: More than 1,100,000 acres burned in Oregon and Washington

”It’s incredibly important that all Oregonians work with their neighbors to plan and prepare for fire season now,” Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association, said in a press release from the Oregon department of Forestry. “Educating yourself about how fires can get started will be key in reducing accidental wildfire ignitions this summer.

Oregon wildfires were especially damaging in 2018, with costs reaching record highs.

Oregon Forests Forever will continue to monitor wildfires this summer and keep our community updated. In the meantime, there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce risks, such as removing dead, flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard.

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