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Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Reducing the Risk of Wildfire

Lush and natural vegetation is part of Portland's charm, and is one of the things that makes our city beautiful and livable. However, our wildland environment creates significant fire hazards, threatening lives and property. The abundance of plant life provides fuel to burn; and our steep topography, combined with seasonal hot and dry winds, allows fire to spread rapidly.

Each year, wildland fires consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Wildfires in an urban setting like Portland can be extremely dangerous and difficult to control. Because of our dense population and the number of structures in wildland settings, we have less time to evacuate residents and protect personal property. The potential for loss of life and property is very real.

To prepare your home against the threat of wildland fires, follow these three critical steps:

Ready - Be Ready. Prepare for the fire threat by creating defensible space around your home, assembling emergency supplies, and planning evacuation routes.

Set - Situational awareness. As a fire approaches, stay alert and know how to receive the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety. Pack your emergency items and prepare to evacuate if necessary.

Go! - Act early. By leaving early, you have the best chance of surviving a wildland fire. You also support firefighting efforts by keeping the area and roads clear of congestion, which allows firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Portland Fire & Rescue's Wildland Fire Action Guide and other resources on this website provide you with tips and tools you need to prepare for a wildland fire threat, have situational awareness when a fire starts, and to leave early when a wildfire threatens.