Oregon is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Emergency Response Program at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). The Emergency Response Program develops and implements strategies to protect human health and the environment from toxins through preventing, preparing for, and minimizing the danger posed by the release of dangerous chemicals. The Program works together with other government agencies and industry to prevent and respond to spills of these materials.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
3 hours ago
What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?
Embers and small flames. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects. There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ). For more information on how to prepare your home during wildfire season, check out this resource:
5 hours ago
PLEASE NOTE: All #Oregon DEQ offices, including vehicle emission testing stations, will be closed for a 3-day #holiday weekend: Sat., May 25 through Mon., May 27, in observance of #Memorial Day.
The #Scappoose testing station will be open an extra day on Thurs., May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All offices and stations will resume their normal operating hours on Tues., May 28. More info at go.usa.gov/xmvue. ...
7 hours ago
In early May, #chefs, #caterers, #food and #beverage managers and other food service professionals came together in #Bend to learn about best practices for reducing food waste without diminishing quality.
We want to thank our presenters, national experts Dr. Steve Schein and Ned Barker, as well as our partners: Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, City of Bend, Oregon Government and High Desert Food & Farm Alliance.
Also, we are giving a special shout out to Worthy Brewing for providing such a beautiful space for the day.
#PreventFoodWaste #MaterialsManagement ...
3 days ago
Vital information on how to keep debris burning from getting out of control. #WildfireAwarenessMonth #WAM2019 #OnlyYouWe aren't even in fire season yet, and at this point in 2019 we've seen too many human-caused fires. This backyard burn pile is the leading culprit. If they are not set up correctly, watched constantly and put out completely, then your burn pile can burn way more than you intended. Since January, 76 debris burning fires have burned 221 acres. If you want to get rid of that pile now, consider chipping it up or hauling it to the landfill. Otherwise, just cover it with a big plastic tarp and wait until November. Dry piles burn just fine in cool/wet weather conditions.
If you burned earlier this year, go back and recheck the pile, as it can retain heat for weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and the winds blow.
If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties.
More burn pile tips can be found at our website at keeporegongreen.org/prevent-wildfires/at-home/