City of Medford Oregon / Fire-Rescue / Fire and Life Safety / Fire & Life Safety Information / Wildfire Home SafetyWildland-Urban Interface Home Evaluation Program and READY, SET, GO!
|Panorama Drive Home - Click on the picture to view READY, SET, GO! video|
In September 2009 we witnessed how quickly a fire could spread within the wildland-urban interface areas when, in just a few hours, 633 acres were consumed in the foothills of East Medford. Fortunately, no lives were lost and all homes were saved. Under different conditions, we may not be so fortunate in the future.
Maintaining a defensible space and eliminating home ignition hazards around your home can make a difference. We witnessed this on the Deer Ridge Fire. The picture to the right shows a house on Panorama Drive which serves as a good example of how preparation can make all the difference. The fire burned towards the house and around the house, but lost momentum when
it approached the house because the homeowner had previously thinned and mowed the vegetation around the house. The house was saved without firefighting intervention efforts.
|READY, SET, GO! Personal Wildfire Action Guide Click on the picture to download|
Preparing your property before fire season is the best preventative measure to reduce the risk of losing your home in a wildfire. It also reduces the overall risk to your area. Working now to reduce ignition hazards around you home and create a defensible space will help protect your home should a wildfire develop in your area. Medford Fire-Rescue is a READY, SET, GO! (RSG) Fire Department. RSG is a national program which addresses three major phases of wildfire safety: Preparation, Situational Awareness, and Survival. Click on the RSG brochure to the right and see how you can create a family disaster plan and prepare ahead of an event.
In 2010, Medford Fire-Rescue began a Wildland-Urban Interface Home Evaluation Program. This is a campaign each year targeting specific hazardous wildfire areas. The goal is to take a proactive approach to reduce the wildfire threat by evaluating properties, giving advice, and providing educational material. We have several areas within our jurisdiction that have the potential for a wildfire disaster. Educating residents through evaluation of their properties regarding home ignition hazards, fuel reduction, defensible space, and access can greatly reduce the future threat that both homeowners and firefighters face.
The evaluation process is completely voluntary and free. Evaluations are available from February through June each year. To schedule an assessment, please call 774-2300. For more information about how to prepare your property for wildfire season and for possible financial assistance opportunities, visit our office or the websites shown on the left side of this page.
For additional information, see also the resource links under "Wildfire Home Safety" on the left side of this page.
Click on the two images below to view excellent videos showing steps you can take to prepare your home and property for wildfire season. The video on the left is the "Be Ember Preapared" (University of Nevada) and the video on the right is "Preventing Home Ignitions" (Firewise).