Come hear Aaron Groth, Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Specialist for the Oregon Coast, speak about “Fire Prevention and Preparedness in the Siletz Valley” at our September potluck!
Lincoln County has been impacted by large, stand-replacing crown fires, such as the Siletz (1849) and Yaquina (1853) Burns. According to ODF data, about 10,000 acres of private and state lands have burned across the county since 1960. During the Labor Day 2020 Fires, Lincoln County residents faced loss of power and communications during the Echo Mountain Fire Complex. This generated fear and uncertainty among community members. Climate change, population growth and land use changes likely increase the risk of fire as well as the potential impacts of fire on the Coast. It is important to plan ahead to protect your home and property and also to have an evacuation plan. We will discuss strategies for fire preparedness and prevention, as well as key resources.
Aaron is the regional fire specialist for the Coast in the OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program. Aaron works with communities as well as local, state, federal, private, and nonprofit partners at different scales across the Coast to provide education and foster fire resilient communities and landscapes. He has worked for city, state, and federal agencies, international cooperation, nonprofits, and served as an Environmental Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru.