Firewise — How can homes and communities prepare for urban wildfire?

Welcome!

This page is a nexus for a Firewise Community of all the residences, parks, institutions, and businesses loosely centered around Collins View.

The threat of an urban wildfire is becoming more and more real as weather and climate heats up. There are many things home owners can do NOW to reduce risks and exposure to wildfire. Please consider signing up for an assessment or at least doing a self-assessment, as given on this page.

Spring 2024 Outreach Events (draft section - March 1, 2024)

Thank you for dropping in, whether via QR code or Nextdoor post! Here are our most important links for newcomers:

Do a Firewise Self Assessment — These are the essential items that can help make your property resistant to urban wildfire, and to prepare for an future 'WUI' assessment, should you go to the next level. [LINK].

Check out our popular 'Tips of the Week' from 2023: [TotW].

Check out our virtual 'Doorhanger', developed during the pandemic. [LINK].

You are already here, on the Collins View Firewise Community home page -- that is a good start! Feel free to scroll down and check everything out!

Collins View Firewise Community Status Reports

Most recent: Feb 2024 - FireWise: Nets Role In Community Education And Evacuation. [LINK].

Dec 2023 - Zoom Meeting with Zac Peal of Forest Park Conservancy.

In August 2023 we moved all the status reports to their own page: [SAME LINK as above].

Visual Arts: State of the Forest Exhibition

The World Forestry Center’s State of the Forest exhibition chronicles the aftermath of wildfires. The exhibit combines paintings by artist Suze Woolf and text by author and firefighter Lorena Williams. [LINK].

Image on the World Forestry Center Website

Firewise Tips of the Week - An Outreach Effort

Example photo from Tip -- Dry Leaves in a Gutter

We are posting weekly tips on Nextdoor - bitesize things you can do so as not to overwhelm. After posting, we add the Tip of the Week page [TotW].

See the Tips of the Week page for full treatment of Tips:

Feel free to share the Tip of the Week page [TotW] with Neighbors, on FaceBook, email, wherever!

Sign up for a free, comprehensive, expert assessment!

Residents are able to have their properties assessed by PF&R Personnel for fire hazards and suggested mitigation.

Sign Up! It's FREE! There is no legal obligation for the owner to remedy situations. It is an assessment of your exposure to wildfire. The result is a useful list of suggested (not required) actions.

Signing up for the PF&R Firewise Assessment go to this [PAGE], then find the WUI assessment link to 'Schedule free wild land – urban interface assessment at your home'. (Or just use this Direct link to the [Sign-Up Form])

Registration is very short and non-intrusive. They will call you back to schedule, so the date/time you enter can be negotiated on that call. The assessment itself requires about 45 minutes. Once you have the assessment, you'll want to act on it. Think of it as a Marathon, not a sprint.

Please encourage your neighbors to sign up for an assessment, and for PUBLIC ALERTS (see blow).

FYI - We are working on a checklist based on the assessment form in case you'd rather do a self-assessment.

What more you can do!

Please visit the New Collins View Blog article: [ Firewise Community Effort June 2022 ] for LOTS of good information in a slightly different form.

See our Firewise Self-Assessment [CHECKLIST] — a work in progress.

Take our "What's Wrong in these pictures" Firewise [QUIZ]

Please share our 'digital' door hanger with others! [Door Hanger facsimile].

image of actual Door Hanger

Register for Public Alerts

Public Alerts is a Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) program that sends urgent safety messages (stay inside, evacuate, boil water etc.) in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. News and information on major service disruptions (roads, transit, public health, safety, utilities, schools, weather) are sent to landline phones, mobile phones (voice and text) and email. To receive messages you must register at Public Alerts: [LINK]

Wireless Emergency Alerts — Depending upon the nature of an incident, safety information is also provided through Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on most mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook, TV, Radio, and on-line newspapers.

Firewise USA Logo

What is Firewise? What is a Firewise Community?

Firewise is a national program that shares tips on protecting residential property from wildfire. A number of fire-wise residents can form a community to tackle common goals.

We don't need to duplicate the EXCELLENT Firewise material here. See the Firewise USA! website.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE!

There was an excellent ad on TV, sponsored by the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Here's a SHOUT OUT for this PSA! Did you see it? The Fire Marshal's office made the 30 second video available, so it's posted on Nextdoor.

Here are links to some of their pages:

It's fun to see different presentations of the same Firewise information. Makes you want to do it!

October 2022 SW News has a full page Public safety report on Page 16. (swni.org)




Most of the remainder of the page is text is recycled from the NET page.

JM added URBAN WILDFIRE to the NET page some years ago (2016-18?). NET deals with all kinds of emergencies - quakes, wind, explosions, power outages, whatever.

URBAN WILDFIRE (from NET)

What's the danger of an Urban Wildfire?

Climatologists reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The summers are getting hotter and the vegetation is getting drier each year. (2023 is on its way — it exceeded the record in July !) Accumulating brush on the hillsides becomes potential fuel for fires. A carelessly thrown cigarette, or a fire in a homeless camp, or a downed power line can all spark fires. Strong winds coming out of the east and northeast could drive a fire up into the west hills very quickly.

How can the community be better prepared?

The Portland Fire Bureau also advises property owners to take steps to protect their homes. Among them are:

For more information about wildfires and preventing and preparing for them go to [DEAD LINK].

What You Can Do: Prepare! (from NET)

... Emergency Preparedness ...
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

Go Kit — If you are forced to evacuate on a minute's notice, do you have a Go Kit packed with necessary medicines, cash, clothes, and important documents that are ready to grab and go? Most Go Kits are described as 72-hour Survival Kits and can be purchased or homemade as do-it-yourself kits. [GO/STAY KIT page]

Prepare Your Pets for Disasters — See this page on [PETS.

Download and print this Pet preparedness flyer [PDF]




FYI - The Dangers of Asbestos

The Collins View Firewise Community was contacted by The Mesothelioma Center, which is focused on reducing cancer caused by asbestos in general. Their web site (below) has general information about asbestos and the dangers of asbestos exposure during and after a fire.

We prepared a standalone page from information they provided. Asbestos mitigation is not part of the Firewise Program. FYI only. [LINK]

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