Living with Wildfires: Webinar
This webinar took place on May 23, 2021 2pm-3pm
See the recording, split into three parts, below:
Learn from experts about what you can do to keep yourself, your family and your community safe during this upcoming wildfire season.
Our presenters covered topics specific to our wildfire season in Central Oregon:
- Easy tips for you to prevent your home from going up in flames
- How to get out of the smoke and breathe freely when fires are near
- Where to go and what to do if Central Oregon is threatened by encroaching wildfires
- How you can make changes now to outlast this and all upcoming fire seasons
Each expert speaker shared a brief presentation and then answered your wildfire questions.
Kip Kemak, Fire Prevention and Mitigation Specialist, Nez Perce Tribe Forestry & Fire Management Division, will discuss what feeds wildfires to grow bigger and what can stop them. He will share how to manage your living space so it doesn’t become more wildfire fuel.
Peter Brewer, Air Quality Expert, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will answer your questions about what to do when wildfire smoke blows into your area. He will also share some tools you can use to figure out where the smoke is coming from, how dense the smoke will be, and in some cases how long you can expect for it to last.
Boone Zimmerlee, Deschutes County Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator, Project Wildfire Director, will navigate and share resources that will help you prepare for wildfire including evacuation basics. He will share tools and resources that will keep you informed on wildfire, smoke and evacuations within Deschutes County.
Stefanie Krantz, Climate Change Coordinator, Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division, will share how clean energy, native plants, and smart landscaping will both protect your home during wildfire season and also reduce your impact on the climate change that is causing our fire seasons to grow bigger each year.
This webinar was a part of our Living with Wildfires series. This educational and interactive series about wildfires in Central Oregon focuses on how to prepare for the increasingly dangerous wildfire seasons, mitigate inequity in fire management and emergency response, and provide information on how to engage in mutual aid and community support. This series is taking place throughout the month of May, 2021, with multiple parts that include a virtual community discussion, educational videos, and social media posts. Click here to learn more about this series and access additional materials and links that will connect you with the information and organizations doing wildfire work in central Oregon.