New website for Fire, Smoke, and Health Information Available
A new website will provide a one-stop shop for Central Oregon residents on wildfire, public health, smoke, and prescribed fire information. Many of the resources available on the site were previously available however, this is the first time these resources and information have been consolidated into one place.
The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Deschutes County, Public Health representatives, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and The Nature Conservancy collaborated on the site (centraloregonfire.org) to provide the public a more comprehensive website to answer key questions related to fire, smoke and health.
This site will have up to date information on fire locations, the current air quality, and how folks can mitigate any smoke impacts to themselves and their family.
“This is one of the first examples of the fire and public health community working together to combine the messages around fire, smoke, and health,” says Ed Keith, the Deschutes County Forester. “Providing consistent and well-rounded messaging will allow Central Oregonians to learn to live with fire safely.”
Learning to live with wildland fire is critical to a community being able to adapt to fire. A community that is adapted to fire is one that acknowledges its risk and takes the necessary actions to prepare themselves.
One website centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com, which has been in use since the Two Bulls Fire in 2014, will be replaced by this new website and the public should update their bookmarks.