Living with fire

Wildfires make a profound impact on people, land, animals, environment and the economy. As the population continues to increase, homes and communities expand to new rural boundaries and fires become more a part of the changing landscape. Oregonians are faced with the challenges of preventing, preparing and recovering from wildfires. Learn about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.

Before Wildfire Strikes


During a Wildfire

Wildfire is coming. Are YOU ready?

  • Turn on a TV or radio to get the latest emergency information.
  • If you have a ladder, prop it against the house so you and firefighters have access to roof.
  • If hoses and adequate water are available set them up. Fill buckets with water.
  • Remove combustible material from the area surrounding the house (lawn chairs, tables, etc.).
  • Turn a light on in each room for visibility in case of smoke.
  • Open or take down flammable drapes and curtains.
  • Close all venetian blinds and non-flammable window coverings.
  • Move upholstered furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Be ready to evacuate all family members and pets when requested to do so.
  • Turn off air conditioning/air circulation systems
  • Detach electrical garage doors. Back in your car and leave the keys in the ignition.
  • Secure your pets if possible.


After a Wildfire


Other Resources

Didn't find exactly what you were looking for on this page? Check out eXtension Wildfire Information Network (eWIN). eWIN is part of the Cooperative Extension System and has wildfire information including prevention, emergency information and questions and answers from wildfire experts.