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Ashland's Wildfire Safety Commission Works To Hedge Against Next Fire

Only the direction of the wind saved Ashland from devastation in the Almeda Drive fire. The September fire was carried by the wind away from town, instead of into it.

The city had already taken several steps to buffer itself against such an event, including the creation of a Wildfire Safety Commission to advise on fire preparation and recovery.

Kent Romney is one of the commission members; he checks in to talk about the work of the commission, the steps taken so far, and what else might be done to get Ashland ready for a fire in the heart of town.

Natalie Weber from the Oregon Department of Forestryjoins the conversation.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.