May's theme is to 'Be Firewise'. Ashland's Wildfire Preparedness Campaign Continues!
Join us and your neighbors to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season by following our four-month campaign sponsored by Ashland Fire & Rescue and the city’s Wildfire Safety Commission. We will be sending messages each month with themes designed to help you protect your home from wildfire and get prepared for evacuation and smoke.
May's theme is to BE FIREWISEby adapting your landscaping to withstand embers and flames. Preparing your property to resist ignitions from windblown embers can keep your yard and home from igniting and prevent fire from spreading home to home as it did during the Almeda Fire. We all need to take responsibility for our own property to make our landscaping as fire reluctant as possible. Remove flammable vegetation and debris. Keep your yard Lean, Clean and Green. Many effective tasks are easy, inexpensive, and achievable. We can do this!
We’ve seen up-close the devastation that wildfire can bring to our communities. It is our collective actions now that can prevent the next fire from destroying our amazing community.
What else can you do?
Gather your green debris for Ashland’s 11th Annual Green Debris Drop Off Day, May 8th! Load your vehicle with flammable yard debris and drop it off for free at Valley View Transfer Station on Sunday, May 8th. The Transfer Station will be open from 8:30AM - 3:30PM to collect your flammable green debris like branches, leaves, needles, juniper, arborvitae, and mugo pine. This event is available to Ashland residents only, so please be prepared to show proof of Ashland residence upon arrival. Visit ashland.or.us/greendebris for details about the event.
Request a wildfire risk assessment for your home: Ashland Fire & Rescue and the Wildfire Safety Commission have created an all-volunteer “Wildfire Risk Assessor” Program (WRAP) to help us continue to build and maintain a resilient, fire adapted community. The Ashland Volunteer Wildfire Risk Assessor (WRA) performs wildfire home risk assessments within Ashland City limits to advise property owners and residents on the wildfire risks associated with their property and how to reduce those risks. Request a risk assessment HERE.
Information about the Wildfire Preparedness Campaign can be found at fireadaptedashland.org/wildfireprep and is also on display at select local stores and the Tuesday Farmer’s Market in Ashland.