The City of Medford has seen how quickly a fire can spread within the wildland-urban interface area. In September 2009, the Deer Ridge Fire consumed 633 acres in the foothills of East Medford in just a few hours. Fortunately, no lives were lost and all homes were saved. Under different conditions, the area may not be as fortunate in the future.
Maintaining a defensible space and eliminating ignition hazards around your home can greatly increase your safety in a wildfire. One of the success stories of the Deer Creek fire was a home on Panorama Drive, which survived the fire without any firefighting intervention. The fire burned all around the property but did not ignite the home because the homeowner had previously thinned and mowed the vegetation. This is a good example of how preparation can make all the difference.
Prepare your property before fire season by reducing ignition hazards and creating a defensible space around your home. These measures will help protect your home should a wildfire develop and will reduce risk to other properties in your area. For information about actions you can take now to prepare your property for wildfire season, click here.
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The following are excellent videos showing steps you can take to prepare your family, home, and property for wildfire season: