East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) is using Earth Day to raise awareness and disseminate the lessons learned from recent wildfire tragedies. We are seeing the impacts of climate change in real time with increasingly dangerous wildfire conditions. EJFR recommends three films which document the visceral shock, fear and grief felt by the impacted communities. These films can be viewed on your streaming video provider.
Fire in Paradise on Netflix
Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forest, and the Future
*These films are NOT recommended for children.
EJFR wants our community to view and hear these tragedies as a call to action. One of EJFR’s core objectives is to ensure the resilience of our community. Here in Jefferson County, as well as regionally, we experience weather conditions similar to those being felt in neighboring states. Although our peak season for elevated wildfire risk is shorter, we do experience dangerously low humidity and high wind. The risk to our community is very real. As of mid-April 2021 the National Interagency Fire Center is already issuing Red Flag Warning’s for portions of northwest Oregon.
On this Earth Day we encourage you to reflect on what you can do individually to make our community more resistant to wildfire. Deliberate preparation around the immediate perimeter of your home may dramatically increase the survivability profile during a wildfire. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety concludes the area immediately adjacent to your home needs special attention and regular upkeep. As Wildfire Season approaches, take time to make fire safety improvements following these standards from the National Fire Protection Association.
To be sure your family is prepared to act in the event of a wildfire or possible evacuation we recommend having conversations now using resources such as Ready.gov.
EJFR welcomes community volunteer involvement on this topic and more – for information and an application visit the Volunteer section of our site.