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Refuge fire crew assists local cooperators with wildfire prevention video
Region 8, May 11, 2006
Fire engines lining up for resource deployment shot.
Fire engines lining up for resource deployment shot. - Photo Credit: n/a
Prescribed fire pile burning shows how reducing fules near a home can be safely treated before a wildfire ever threatens the WUI.
Prescribed fire pile burning shows how reducing fules near a home can be safely treated before a wildfire ever threatens the WUI. - Photo Credit: n/a
Video crew under the direction of Keno RFPD Chief John Ketchum.
Video crew under the direction of Keno RFPD Chief John Ketchum. - Photo Credit: n/a
A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fire engine protects a home.
A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fire engine protects a home. - Photo Credit: n/a

Firefighters from the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex joined local cooperators in the production of a home/land owner wildfire prevention video.  Keno, Oregon, Rural Fire Protection District Chief John Ketchum organized cooperators from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Klamath County, Kingsley Airfield, Oregon Department of Forestry and other county-wide volunteer fire agencies and the Klamath County Sheriff's Office to combine efforts towards the production a 30 minute DVD emphasizing the importance of wildfire safety and preventative maintenance citizens can take to reduce their risk of loss or injury from wildfire.

Structural and wildland fire resources worked together filming scenarios of what a real wildfire suppression action and evacuation might look like.  Chief Ketchum wanted to emphasize the importance of interagency cooperation and educate the public about many agencies working together to successfully and safely extinguish wildfire.  Videographers from a local public television station associated with the Oregon Institute of Technology captured hours of video, including a small prescribed burn conducted to show how low intensity fire and home protection is possible with proper vegetation management.

Read more about the days events and see photos by visiting Klamath Basin NWRC Fire Management online at www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges/fire/news.

 

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov