Jul 31, 2023 - Climate
More than two dozen wildfires burning across Oregon
- Across the Columbia River in Klickitat County, Washington, the Newell Road Fire has burned more than 61,000 acres — larger than the size of Seattle.
Pro tip: Anyone, even city dwellers, can be impacted by wildfires. The best thing you can do to prepare is to create an evacuation plan.
- Consider where the closest shelter would be (a public library, convention center, school, etc.), your evacuation route and a family communication plan.
- According to the Red Cross, a basic go-kit should consist of water, nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, medications, cell phone chargers, personal hygiene items and copies of personal documents.
- Maintaining your home's defensible space is also key. Clean out gutters, rake leaves and make sure plants are watered to ensure rogue embers from surrounding wildfires don't ignite in your backyard.
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