Wildfires: Information and Community Resources

 

Wildland-Urban Interface

Wildland-Urban Interface Home Evaluation Program

In 2010, Medford Fire initiated the WUI Home Evaluation Program, an annual campaign that evaluates  properties located in areas that are at high risk for wildfire. The goal of the program is to provide educational materials and recommend specific wildfire mitigation strategies to property owners. 

The WUI evaluation process is free and voluntary. A member of the Fire Marshal's office is available to perform evaluations from February through June each year. To schedule an assessment, please call 774-2300. 
 

Ready, Set, Go!

In 2013, Medford Fire-Rescue became a Ready Set Go (RSG) Fire Department. The RSG program provides firefighters with education tools such as Firewise to educate individuals on preparedness, situational awareness during a wildfire, and early evaluation procedures. The program stresses the following: 
  • Ready. Take personal responsibility for preparation before the threat of a wildfire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home.  Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures.  Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot.  Create an evacuation Action Plan with multiple escape routes. Review the plan with all members of your household.
  • Set.  Act immediately.  Pack your vehicle with emergency items.  Stay abreast of the latest news reported on media outlets. Contact your local fire department for updated information.
  • Go. Leave early!  Follow your Action Plan and evacuate. The best way to help firefighters during a wildfire is to ensure you and your family’s personal safety.​

Intterra Mapping Program

In 2014, MFR began using the Intterra program to map properties that are at high risk for wildfire. The program helps us evaluate properties and gather information to use in risk management, planning, citizen education, and incident management. There are over 2,800 properties located in wildfire hazard areas within MFR's jurisdiction.  The public can now view these properties by visiting the site below and inputting the appropriate address. They can also update their home risk profile with recent mitigation efforts and submit the new profile for review. Click on the picture below and input your address to your property's rating.
Intterra Mapping Click on the Picture to View Intterra Program

These videos show steps you can take to prepare your family, home, and property for wildfire season:
Be Ember Prepared (University of Nevada)
Preventing Home Ignitions (Firewise)

 
Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Interim Fire Marshal Chase Browning
Email:
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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