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Fire district where Almeda burned prepares for future fires

The Almeda Drive fire of 2020 destroyed 2500 homes, most of them in areas served by Jackson County Fire District Five. A lot went wrong that day, including confusion among people evacuating about which way to go, and on which roads.

The district and the community have taken steps to avoid a repeat, and the work continues on wildfire preparation, evacuation protocols, and emergency alert management in the area. A community north of Ashland, split between city and fire district, made some special efforts to prepare for fire/evacuation/sheltering in place. We get an update from JCFD5 Battalion Chief Brian Bolstad and community member Marla Estes.

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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.