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Gary Marshall
Bend, OR
Northwest Regional Firewise Advisor
Interests: Firewise Communities/USA recognition program, Firewise landscaping, Firewise hardscaping, Firewise principles, Fire Adapted Communities, wildfire mitigation, wildland-urban interface, WUI, WUI regulations, , community outreach, wildland fire, home safety
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A fire adapted community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes. In Bend and other communities in Deschutes County, people are taking action... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As a past recipient of the Bronze Smokey Award for wildfire prevention activities and one of Smokey’s friends I thought it was only appropriate to send Smokey Bear a birthday card. Today, Friday August 9th our nation is recognizing Smokey Bear’s 69th birthday. There are many facts about Smokey as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The state of Alaska has many wildfires currently burning and the efforts of home and cabin owners are making a difference by increasing the odds of structure survivability and fire fighter safety. The below public service announcement (PSA) is now airing in the state of Alaska. The video footage of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As an instructor for NFPA’s seminar “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone," I know that wildfire is a common event throughout many areas of the United States. Did you know that wildfire is the easiest natural peril to mitigate? And did you know that wildfire takes place outside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Hidden Valley Meadows Vista is the state of Washington’s 100th Firewise Community! This was such an honor for me to attend this event, with so many individuals that should be congratulated over the past decade for their efforts to achieve this milestone. Washington now has 100 of the 900 national... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Andrew Tate the South Dakota State Firewise Liaison forwarded me this newly created public service announcement this past weekend. Andrew indicated this PSA will be scheduled to run on local South Dokota television networks through spring and summer as a part of the Great Plains Fire Safe Council initiative to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
City of Bend Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Susie Maniscalco teamed up with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to conduct a wildfire safety workshop for local homeowners and fire agency folks to better understand what risk homeowners and first responders will face this coming summer, and how to take... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Oh no, I did not get the paperwork in for 2012 to renew our Firewise Community! My phone has been ringing off the hook with this question: Is it is too late to send in my 2012 Firewise renewal form? I’ve sometimes had to reply, “Unfortunately, yes”. “So what do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
My recent Firewise travels took me to Benton County, Oregon. I met up with Oregon Department of Forestry representatives including State Firewise Liaison Kris Babbs and Community Wildfire Forester Blake McKinley to visit Pioneer Village, one of the local Firewise Communities. Pioneer Village sits in the “Valley” on the west... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
In response to the growing wildfire problem in Oregon, the Oregon Department of Forestry recently announced that wildfire mitigation renovations have now been completed to the Oregon Garden Fire Safety House and its surrounding landscape. The purpose of these renovations, they say, is to illustrate to residents the best fire... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Gayle Ehlman of Ryderwood, Washington sent us this account of her community’s 2012 Firewise activities. A dedicated recognized site since 2010, this group really knows how to work together to get the job done! According to Gayle, this is their third year doing a Firewise project and with each passing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The last leg of our 10-day Firewise Alaska journey Hylton Haynes and I were driving on the well known Alaska Canada Highway better known as the Alcan Highway towards the towns of Tok and Delta Junction. Prior to commencing on our trip the Wasilla locals warned us about the possibility... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Hylton Haynes and I now on day four in our visit to the last frontier state leaving Homer Alaska and traveling up the Kenai Peninsula East about 50 miles to the Soldotna area to visit with one of the two Firewise® Communities in Alaska. The Cohoe Firewise Communities/USA® site is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Wildfires are becoming more familiar during the barbershop-talk lately. For some areas, fire is still on the horizon and dense smoke in the air that may, and often does have an effect on the local businesses, especially the local community industry that is tourist driven. As wildfires get larger and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Last week my Firewise travels took me to the city of Ashland and other communities in southern Oregon. I was fortunate to meet with the state Firewise Liaison - Kris Babbs (Oregon Department of Forestry); Ali True (Firewise Communities Coordinator); Chris Chambers (Forest Resource Specialist); John Karns (Fire Chief); and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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