CODR News

Aug 8, 2017

Smoked Out

As I’m sure most you reading this know, the Pacific Northwest has been hit by fires crossing multiple state lines. Through this dry season, the fires have been able to spread quicker than responders are able to contain. As we pray for rain, and the safety of the people in danger, we must prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario to minimize the impact to ourselves and the fire continuing to spread to other areas.

We are already seeing the effects of these fires on the air quality of out city. Be sure to stay indoors as much as possible, and change the air filter as needed in your HVAC.

If the fires are threatening your need to evacuate, be sure to stay tuned to a radio station or reliable information source for the correct move to make. If you have any questions on what areas need to be evacuated, don’t hesitate to call us.

Be sure to clear all debris around your house that could be a potential fire hazard. This includes tree limbs, dead or alive, around your property. It is best to keep a minimum of 50 feet and suggested 200 feet between your home and the surrounding tree environment.

Be sure to keep your property well watered. In extreme scenarios it is best to create a berm or ditch around your property to increase the likelihood of stopping the fire.

While these tips are what we believe to be the most important and easily achievable in preparation, Inhabitant.com provides a more extensive list that you can reference to ultra-prepare your house.

In the unfortunate event that you do have to evacuate, comply with all police and safety regulations on the most effective way to leave the are. Let’s gather as a community and help each other get through this unfortunate circumstance and back to normal as quickly as possible.

In the aftermath, if your house has taken significant damage and needs to be restored in any way, call Central Oregon Disaster Restoration at 541-318-7853. We are here to give you peace of mind and get you back to normal living in your home as soon as possible. Oregon has had an intense year of both extreme cold temperatures and extreme heat, and we’re here to help in any scenario.

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