350Deschutes hosted a virtual community discussion about wildfires in central Oregon on Sunday, May 2 at 2pm. We gave attendees the opportunity to share their experiences with wildfires and their effects on the people, homes and landscapes of our community.

Our goal with this event was to provide a space for members of our community to start a discussion about how we can help ourselves and each other be ready for wildfire season. We will take direction from your input to provide the information you want and need about topics like evacuation how-to’s, home hardening, emergency services, and more throughout our “Living with Wildfires” series.

We utilized Zoom breakout rooms to allow every individual who attended this event to share stories, ask questions, and provide feedback about what they want to know, or what you wished they knew, about wildfire preparation.


Links from the discussions:

This is a film about the fire in Paradise CA. The similarities to Bend are unavoidable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3OX1PR2SCM

Deschutes Emergency Alerts: https://www.deschutes.org/911/page/sign-deschutes-emergency-alerts

Jefferson Emergency Alerts: https://public.alertsense.com/signup/?regionid=1088

NextDoor: https://nextdoor.com

NextDoor 350Deschutes Page: https://nextdoor.com/pages/350deschutes-bend-or/recommend/

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Video & Links: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/fireprevention.aspx


This webinar is a part of our Living with Wildfires series. This educational and interactive series about wildfires in Central Oregon will focus on how to prepare for the increasingly dangerous wildfire seasons, bring attention to inequity in fire management and emergency response, and provide information on how to engage in mutual aid and support community members during the time of crisis wildfire season is for many. This series will be taking place throughout the month of May, with multiple parts that will include a virtual community discussion, educational videos, and social media posts. Click here to learn more about this series, register for other events, and access additional materials and links that will connect you with the information and organizations doing wildfire work in central Oregon.


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