Many parts of Oregon have been classified as high-risk areas by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Exercise caution when building a home in these areas. But even in the wetter Portland area, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of damage to your home from seasonal wildfires.
Protect Your Roof.
The most vulnerable part of a house to wildfire is the roof. Decrease its vulnerability to fire by avoiding the use of untreated wood shakes. Before the periods of high fire danger clean the gutters, eaves, and roof of dried leaves and needles.
Create a Safety Zone.
Increase the distance from your home to flammable materials by pruning or removing trees. Replace highly flammable species of trees or grasses with lawn areas and fire-resistant plants.
Chimneys and Ducts.
Make sure your chimney is kept clean and equipped with wire screening to prevent sparks and embers. Cover ducts with wire screen to keep sparks and embers from entering through them.