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Home Fire Protection Gains Traction

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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.
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.