In an area as prone to wildfires as ours, we have many discussions about defensible space. It's the practice of clearing flammable material away from a home, to keep fire from burning the house.
And it's not just for rural dwellers; people in town can do it too. Deschutes County's success with Project Wildfire--no houses lost to fire for 15 years--drew the attention of the New York Times.
Similar efforts are going on in Ashland, with the FireWise program set up to defend residential areas from fire.
Alison Lerch from Ashland visits, along with a rep from Project Wildfire.