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Marion Soil and Water Conservation District had the privilege to host a Wildfire Resiliency and Preparedness event at the Oregon Garden on July 22nd, utilizing the Fire Safety House. The goal of this workshop was to teach landowners how to evaluate and mitigate the risk of wildfire around their homes and be prepared in case of emergencies.
We had around 40 people present including class participants, instructors, and volunteers. After introductions, we divided into four smaller groups, and everyone got to participate and rotate through four 30-minute lessons in and around the fire safe house taught by experts in the field. Topics covered included:
Additional partner support included:
The learning was active with lots of group discussion, engagement, and chances to ask questions. Feedback from participants included examples of changes planned to make around homes, such as improvements to home construction, alterations to landscaping around the house, and creating an emergency go-bag.
Here is a list of resources provided by instructors for this event organized by topics as well as questions asked during the workshop with answers.
Home hardening is the process of preparing the building itself to be more resistant to wildfires.
Defensible space is the area around a building or structure that can be prepared to mitigate the risk of wildfire. Defensible space is broken into three zones: Immediate Zone: 0-5′ from the building, Intermediate Zone: 5-30′ from the building; and Extended Zone: 30 to 100′ or 200′ on slopes greater than 25%.
Emergency preparedness is being prepared and ready to evacuate in the case of an emergency.
Fire resistant landscaping is designing and implementing landscaping practices that minimize the risk of ignition and slows the spread of wildfire.
What kind of funding opportunities are available for landowners?
What about solar panels? Are they fire-resistant?
What about fire-resistant paint for siding and stain for decks?
If you have a wooden fence that attaches to your house, can you add metal flashing on your house, and will it help?
How do I know if I have tempered glass windows?
Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you would like resources related to urban conservation! I can also assist you in creating wildlife habitat in your own backyard through the Backyard Habitat Improvement Program…coming soon.