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March 31, 2011
Multnomah County Wildfire Map Shows Portland Neighborhoods at Risk - The Oregon Department of Forestry has begun working with fire departments and other agencies from throughout Multnomah County on a comprehensive plan to limit the danger of wildfires this summer and beyond.
The department has created a map of Multnomah County neighborhoods that are particularly susceptible to wildfires, showing danger zones that stretch from Forest Park on the west side of the county to Powell Butte on the east.
The effort, which started in August, is believed to be the first comprehensive wildfire plan for the entire county and will include community outreach efforts as well as tips for mitigating the threat of a fast-moving blaze.
The project has brought together a wide variety of agencies for a large-scale prevention plan that officials hope will pay off when the wildfire season begins in June.
"I think the approach in going with the county-wide plan is better in that we're all sending the same message about preparing and reducing your risk," said Portland Fire Bureau Lt. Matthew Silva.
The project was coordinated by the Forestry Department. But the fire departments in Portland, Gresham and elsewhere provided key information to help identify areas that are most at risk.
Cindy Kolomechuk, a community wildfire planner with the Forestry Department, developed the map with the help of fire departments throughout the county.
"Most of our fire districts, they've been thinking about this for a while," she said. "It isn't very difficult to sit around and have them draw circles around particularly vulnerable areas and articulate why they're vulnerable."
High-risk areas have been identified based on a number of factors. Dry vegetation is the most obvious fuel -- and the biggest risk -- for wildfires.
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