Blog post below courtesy of the Portland Office of Emergency Management (Portland OEM)
The second biggest wildfire in Arizona's history continues to burn near the New Mexico border, charring several hundred thousand acres and forcing evacuations. The following excerpt is from a story in the Arizona Republic posted online June 9, 2011:
"The massive Wallow Fire that has ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of forest in eastern Arizona continued to bear down on Eagar and Springerville, forcing the evacuation of 6,500 residents Wednesday...
"There are growing fears that the epic blaze, which has already charred about 400,000 acres of ponderosa forest, would devastate the idyllic hamlet of Greer as flames jumped containment lines and forced firefighting teams, battling to save homes and cabins, to temporarily retreat..." [read the full story]
Oregon - including the Portland urban area - is also prone to wildfires, especially during the summer. But there are many steps residents can take to significantly reduce the wildfire risk. For specific preparedness actions, click on the video above.
In the event of a major wildfire in the Portland urban area, visit PublicAlerts.org for more information. You can also stay informed of active wildfires throughout Oregon and Washington by visiting the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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June 9, 2011