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La Pine RFPD continues wildland interface structural assessments


La Pine student firefighters, in uniform and in a fire district vehicle, will be visiting homes and properties within the fire district this summer. The purpose is to pre-plan and collect critical data (from the outside only) for firefighters to use when protecting homes from a wildfire.

This is a continuation of a multi-year project started last year. This is an extension of the National Wildland Fire Decision Support System, which is linked with current federal, state and county databases.

Firefighters and incident managers, regardless where they are from, will have accurate data on the challenges they face and best apply resources to protect homes during the critical phases of a complex wildfire incident, using computer systems and even handheld technology.

Firefighters can collect all data visually from the driveway, and participation is not required by the resident. However, firefighters may knock on the door to alert residents they are in the area and to what they are doing, and will be happy to answer any questions.

The Fire District said it is appreciative of each property owner for their effort to maintain their properties in a FireWise and FireFree safe condition. This activity is just one more effort to ensure we all survive the next wildfire in Central Oregon.

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