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Free Web Series Emphasizes Wildfire Safety

Brian Bull

Spring might not be the time of year we typically think about wildfires. But a series of free webinars starting Wednesday, March 17 is meant to help Oregonians prepare for another wildfire season.


OSU Extension Fire Program Manager Carrie Berger said she’s offered these workshops before. But after an historically bad fire season in Oregon, she’s already seen a sixfold increase in the number of people registered.

“I see an uptick in people just wanting to protect themselves and be prepared, and ready, and informed," she said.

The webinars are meant to help residents in potential fire zones work with their community to reduce the risk of wildfire. That could include everything from creating defensible spaces around buildings to knowing the ins and out of how to safely evacuate. Berger said the series will be recorded and posted online for later viewing.

Wednesday's webinar will be the first of at least eight to be held on the topic between now and mid-June. To sign up, visit the OSU Extension website.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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