Natural Disasters


Research has shown that reducing fuel sources around a structure can greatly increase the chance of it surviving a wildfire. Fire needs three elements to occur; fuel, oxygen and heat. Remove anyone of them and the fire will die out. Fuel is defined as anything that can burn. Land owners should systematically arrange trees and shrubs in a way that makes it difficult for fire to spread on your property.

Extreme Weather

Climate change is already impacting the nine counties in the Willamette Valley where higher temperatures, wildfires, declining snowpack and extreme weather events are disrupting agriculture, forestry, tourism and quality of life.


Currently, scientists are predicting that there is about a 37 percent chance that a megathrust earthquake of 7.1+ magnitude in this fault zone will occur in the next 50 years. This event will be felt throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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