A brush fire in the south Eugene hills Wednesday afternoon quickly spread toward two camping trailers parked in a nearby resident’s driveway. But thanks to the apparent action of a few helpful neighbors, the fire was put out quickly and flames were prevented from spreading to four vehicle tires and two nearby homes. The fire’s cause, Eugene Springfield Deputy Fire Marshal Amy Linder said, has not yet been determined.
When wildfire threatens dozens of homes at once, firefighters do not have the resources to defend them all. The most effective approach is for communities and residents is to reduce your risks before a fire starts. Being proactive and taking precautions now will help not just yourself but the entire neighborhood. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten our community and sign up for Block Captain Training to learn how to organize your neighborhood.
- What is the cause of most wildfires?
- I don’t live in a “wildland” — is my home really in danger?
- If a fire starts, won’t the fire department put it out?
- Won’t my insurance cover damages from a wildland fire?
- If I make my home safer, do I get an insurance discount?
- What are the most important things to do to protect my home?
- I want to be Firewise but how do I engage and encourage my neighbors in the process as well?