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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Project Wildfire
Project Wildfire was formed in 2004 following a five-year effort to coordinate wildfire mitigation in Deschutes County. The mission of Project Wildfire is to prevent deaths, injuries, property loss and environmental damage resulting from wildfires in Deschutes County. The partnerships and collective resources that reinforce Project Wildfire allow the program to be successful where an individual or one agency may not. Project Wildfire works to change attitudes and behaviors and empower individual homeowners and communities to take a proactive approach to wildfire preparedness.
Project Wildfire aides in the development of wildfire evacuation routes, creation and maintenance of Firewise Communities, provides funding for fuels reduction projects in high priority communities, and plans and implements two annual county wide community cleanup events. Named FireFree, these events occur every year in the spring and fall and are a collaborative effort between fire districts, Deschutes County and the local community members. FireFree involves ten simple steps a homeowner can complete in a weekend to create defensible space and be better prepared for wildfire.