City of Ashland launches 3rd Annual Wildfire Safety Campaign

ASHLAND, Ore. – The City of Ashland is preparing for fire season by educating residents on safety. For each of the next 4 months, the fire department is focusing on one topic that residents can do right now.

April is all about hardening structures to embers. Ashland Fire and Rescue told NBC5 News embers to account for nearly 90% of ignitions during wildfires. Residents can prepare their roof, gutters, decks, and siding to resist this type of ignition by clearing pine needles.

“We’re all in the together in terms of wildfire preparedness. The city is working on a lot, but you as a community member and as a neighborhood could do a lot on your own property and your own neighborhood to reduce your risk,” said Katie Gibble, Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator for the City of Ashland.

The campaign is continuing through July. The agency is also going over landscaping, evacuating, and smoke safety.

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Katie Streit
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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