Prescriptions for Safety
What if we could address most of the dangers of wildfire along a thin 100 foot strip?
During an emergency situation, can this route handle a sudden influx of hundreds of frightened drivers evacuating through smoke, while busloads of firefighters and equipment try to get in to attack the fire? Is the route cleared of surface fuels and have the limbs been pruned up? These are the questions the Little Applegate group, Prescriptions for Safety (P4S) is asking when thinking about how to prepare a community for wildfire.
Most wildfires are stopped at roads. Roads offer 15 feet or more of nonflammable surface allowing firefighters to quickly bring equipment to the area. In order for roads to be most useful the vegetation on either side must be maintained to reduce fuel build up. This maintenance is often the most time consuming and difficult part of constructing a fire line while fighting a fire. Many tons of fuel must be removed often in great haste which results in resource damage. Building parts of the fire line before there is the urgency of a wildfire could save money and prevent resource damage. Carefully done, fuel treatments along roads can add value and be esthetically pleasing. To do such work carefully, we should start now, well ahead of the next wildfire.
Utilizing a method known as Potential Operational Delineations (PODs) we can figure out which reads would make good fire lines, and which roads are most important for evacuation. In the Little Applegate, this is Sterling Creek Road, Griffin Lane and Highway 238. P4S is making these areas a priority by providing funding and on the ground work for landowners along these roadsides, to do up to 132 ft of fuel reduction work.
Prescriptions for Safety is a Grassroots effort!
With operational support from:
- My Southern Oregon Woodlands
- KS Wild
And funding support from:
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Generous donations from landowners and community memebers like you
Interested in Participating?
Through mutual learning and collaboration, P4S aims to better prepare the Applegate community for a wildfire emergency. This work is getting started in the Little Applegate neighborhood. Please reach out to Rich Fairbanks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
If you are a landowner along Sterling Creek Road, Griffin Lane or Highway 238 and interested in support for roadside fuel reduction, contact us directly to get signed up for a property visit.
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