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How to prepare your home for wildfires

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LANE COUNTY, Ore. - In the midst of an active wildfire season like Oregon is currently experiencing, experts say it is time to start thinking about how to protect your home should a blaze spark in your area.

It might take a days worth of work, but it could very well be worth it in the long run.

"Firefighters don't always have the resources to go to everyone's home and protect each home individually, so doing little things around your home is really important," said Lauren Grand of Oregon State University.

If you're in a rural area, cutting down the small branches of neighboring trees helps so that flames can not travel into the branches.

If you're in a neighborhood, clean your roof so that the fires don't spread from house to house as easily.

"Fire safe homes next to each other only increase the fire safety in an entire community and neighborhood," says Grand.

So get out the brooms and dust pans, because Oregon wildfires are continuing to burn at an alarming rate.

For more information on how to better prepare your home for wildfires, you can visit the OSU Citizen Fire Academy, or read up on the ODF Fire Restrictions.

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