Keep Oregon Green releases campaign for Wildfire Awareness Month

SALEM, Ore. – May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Keep Oregon Green is partnering with federal, state, and local fire agencies and organizations encouraging people to create defensible space around their homes. By creating defensible space homeowners can prevent unwanted wildfires this season.

This comes after last year’s horrific Labor Day wildfires. According to ODF, 1 out of 10 Oregonians was under some level of evacuation notice, 9 people died, and 4,000 homes and 1,000 other structures were destroyed.  Five fires reached mega-fire size, which burned over 100,000 acres each. Altogether, a million acres burned statewide in a little over a week – twice the average area burned in an entire year.

ODF said over 70% of Oregon’s wildfires are started by people. Therefore, before heading outdoors, the public can contact the agency or landowner who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current fire restrictions or bans. For residents staying close to home can also check fire restrictions before building backyard campfires or using equipment that could ignite dry vegetation, such as lawnmowers or weed trimmers.

Keep Oregon Green’s annual wildfire prevention campaign encourages the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors. People can use the hashtag, #OregonOurOregon, when sharing photos of public space. Campaign artwork, PSAs, and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at and its various social media platforms.

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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