Fire Prevention information links, including
local, state & federal agencies:
Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Program
Oregon Region Wildland Fire Info
Rogue Valley Fire
Prevention Co-op - New!!
/ Urban Interface in Oregon - ODF's site has loads of info on
this topic, including sections on Senate Bill 360, the Oregon Forestland-Urban
Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997, the law that declares that
property owners have a basic responsibility to provide their property
with fire protection and use fire preventive methods. Also includes
discussions on "Living in the Wildland / Urban Interface,"
"Evaluate Your Home and Property," and more.
Information / Jackson County Area
Fire Department Links
FIREWISE - National
Wildland / Urban Interface Fire Protection Program
News of the Wildland Firefighters Foundation
National Fire Plan Implementation (USDA)
Forest Service / Fire and Aviation Management
Weather Service / Fire Weather Program
Management Agency (FEMA) / US Fire Administration
of Land Management (BLM) Office of Fire and Aviation
Fire Safe Council
/ Jackson County Fire District #9
Jackson County Fire
District #3 Home Page
County Air Quality / Open Burning Ordinance
of Ashland Fire Department
of Medford Fire Department
State University's Josephine County Extension Service
County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - fire district
and map info or Smart
Map (select Interactive Maps to search specific properties.)
The GIS systems map combines layers of information about a place.
You can analyze your level of fire safety or risk with this map.
of California Forest Products Laboratory
Sprinkler Protection Systems
Renters Guide at: http://www.rentersinsurance.com
(click on the "Fire Prevention and Response" tab). This
site has lots of links to many more Home Fire Prevention topics
and sub-topics. The link is from Mrs. Anne Hughes, who teaches at
Charter School and says that she finds our links page useful
to help gather information for her kids' lessons and activities.
We commend the kids for learning about forest fires and fire prevention
in their study of the environment, and we thank the class for their
civic participation in this way!
Fire Prevention & Protection Printed
"Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner,"
published by the Jackson County Planning Department, and mailed
to all Jackson County listed landowners in spring, 2001. This is
a thorough, excellent source of all kinds of info on wildfire and
rural - urban interface fire protection and prevention. Additional
copies may still be available from any Jackson County library branch,
the Jackson County Planning Dept. at 10 So. Oakdale Ave., Room 100
(in the old Jackson County Courthouse) in Medford, or from ODF's
office at 5286 Table Rock Road in Central Point.
"Is Your Home Fire Safe?" and "Wildfire:
Are You Prepared?" published by U.S. Fire Administration
Publications Center (free; 800 / 561-3356).
California Wildfire Landscaping, by Maureen Gilmer.
Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, TX, 1994. $10.95. "What to do
before, during and after a wildfire ... the selection of a 'defensible'
homesite and building materials, insurance, and fire-resistant landscaping..."
Also covers "Creating Bands of Protection with Plants, Managing
Native Vegetation, [and] Getting Help: Public and Private Resources,"
and "How to Comply with the High Fire Zones Law." Lots
of useful info on establishing natural fire breaks.
"Living with Fire." San Mateo County,
CA., Fire Safe Committee (free; 650 / 573-3848).
Other References about Fire: Non-Fiction
Wildland Fires: History of Forest Fires in Siskiyou County,
by Lee Morford. Privately published by the late Morford, a lifelong
forest ranger on the Klamath National Forest and later a wildland
fire consultant. Cost: $15 but generally unavailable and out of
print. Libraries in Siskiyou County may have a copy. Chronicles
firefighting in this area during the past century. Both a fascinating
personal account, and a fact-filled historical triptych.
Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural
Fire, by Stephen J. Pyne. Princeton UP: Princeton, New
Jersey, 1982. A very well-written, erudite analysis and synthesis
of information about fire and its cultural history in this country's
wildlands. Connects "...the basic science of fire and ecosystems
to management and policy discussions; not by way of overgeneralization,
but region by region and ecosystem by ecosystem." Covers fire
and fire policies in America from pre-history to Paiute and frontier
forestry and the evolution of fire management to the present-day
conservation movement. A recognized authority on fire, Pyne has
also published 5 or 6 other works dealing with different fire topics.
Fire and Civilization, by Johan Goudsblom. Penguin:
London, 1992. (paper; U.S. $11.95) A worldwide survey of the ancient
history of fire and its cultural uses and significances, through
the industrial revolution. Goudsblom is a professor of sociology
at the University of Amsterdam.
The Firefighter's Workout Book, by Michael Stefano.
"A Thirty Minute a Day Train-For-Life Program for Men and Women."
Jumping Fire: A Smoke Jumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire,
by Murry A. Taylor. (Harcourt; paper, $14.) "...Taylor's riveting
memoir of 35 years of fighting wildfires in Alaska..."
Fire, by Sebastian Junger. (paper, $13.95) "The
author of The Perfect Storm takes us behind the scenes of the world's
most dangerous jobs, from smoke jumper to freedom fighter."
Fire Line: Summer Battles of the West, by Michael
Other References about Fire: Fiction
"USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and
a Hole in the Sky" in A River Runs Through It and
Other Stories, by Norman Maclean. Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago
Press, 1976. Maclean became an author after retiring from teaching
English at the Univ. of Chicago. His stories are part fiction, part
memoir, informed by his own experience of the early 20th century,
infused with deadpan humor and sobering reflections, and narrated
in a voice that only a master of language and metaphor can speak
Hole in the Sky, by William Kittredge.
A Fine and Pleasant Misery, by Patrick F. McManus.
Other Sites & Sources of Interest
D.L. Phipps Nursery - info & application forms for reforestation
seedlings. An excellent source of seedlings of all types in bulk
quantities available to the non-commercial landowner engaged in
State University Forestry Extension Service, County extension
foresters and publications.
to Reforestation in Western Oregon is available online (in pdf
format), and from ODF offices and from the Oregon State University
College of Forestry.
Woodland Workbook: A How-To Guide for the Woodland Owner/Manager
(WOOD WB; $41.50) is a three-ring binder containing 29 core publications,
is "very useful," and is available from OSU Extension