Governors in 10 Western states have declared May 2018 to be Wildfire Awareness Month. The initiative is intended to encourage communities to better prepare for and help prevent wildfires. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields said simple steps like removing dead vegetation from around homes and trimming trees can make a difference. This can be especially helpful in areas of Oregon that are currently experience drought conditions. Officials in Oregon also encourage residents to take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5 to increase education and awareness about wildfire prevention. | Read More