Fire Agencies Invite Public to a Values at Risk Workshop April 30 in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Oregon –The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP), in conjunction with Klamath County Fire Chiefs, invites the public to a Values at Risk Workshop on Wednesday, April 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OlT) in the College Union's Mt. Mazama/Mt. Scott Conference Rooms. 

Involvement and input from Klamath County residents is needed to help local fire managers identify important values that could be at risk during a wildfire, such as homes, cabins, favorite recreation areas, fence lines, private timberlands, etc. This information will allow local fire agencies and Incident Management Teams (IMT) to make more informed decisions about how to protect these values.

“I can’t stress enough how vital this information is as we head into the 2014 fire season,” said Joe Reinarz, Interagency Fire Staff Officer for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District and Fremont-Winema National Forest. “There is an increased possibility of large fires occurring this summer due to the continued drought conditions in south central Oregon.”

At the workshop, SCOFMP officials will share the fire seasonal outlook, current known values and how values at risk guide the decision making process of local fire agencies and IMTs. Participants will also spend time identifying important values at risk, and discussing their importance and how best to protect them.

SCOFMP is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. Agencies within the  partnership include the Fremont-Winema National Forest; Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District; Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF); Crater Lake National Park; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

For more information please contact Jim Hampton, Fire Management Officer for the Chiloquin Ranger District, at 541-891-1988 or