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Published on April 24, 2024
Portland to Ignite Wildfire Preparedness with Free Interactive Weekend Event at Discovery MuseumSource: Portland Fire and Rescue

As Oregon braces for wildfire season, local agencies are sparking efforts to embolden community members with the knowledge to defend their homes. A collaboration between the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Portland Fire and Rescue, and World Forestry Center is fanning the flames of preparedness with a Wildfire Preparedness Weekend at the Discovery Museum slated for April 27 and 28, according to a report from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The event, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days, will feature expert speakers, interactive exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations designed to educate the public. Admission is free, an initiative possible thanks to Portland General Electric's sponsorship. "This event offers residents a unique opportunity to learn how to reduce the risk of wildfires around their homes and communities and get involved in protecting our state from the threat of wildfires," the Marshal's office announced.

With wildfires becoming an increasingly prevalent threat in the region, such educational events are vital. They provide actionable advice for Oregonians looking to safeguard their communities. The collaboration aims to create a more informed public, ready to tackle the unfortunate, yet often preventable, consequences of such natural disasters.

In recent years, wildfires have charted a punishing course through many communities, underscoring the importance of preparedness. The World Forestry Center in Portland is set to transform its Discovery Museum into a hub of expertise and advice for the weekend. The offerings aim to spark a proactive approach among residents, with Portland Fire and Rescue emphasizing, "Attendees can access expert speakers, interactive exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations."