KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A Plan and Prepare Fair to help Klamath County residents with wildland fire preparedness is being held Monday, November 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds in the John Hancock Event Center.

The event will start with an open house format from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. and resuming the open house from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be wildland firefighting equipment and information booths staffed by area federal, state and local firefighters and emergency managers.  Smokey Bear will be at the event as well.

Information will include how to prepare for wildland fire, including steps that can be taken to protect homes, property and wildlands from wildfire.

The panel discussion will be broadcast on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO.

The Plan and Prepare Fair is a collaborative effort between Klamath County, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Klamath County Fire Defense Board, and the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, including the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District, Crater Lake National Park and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Klamath County Commissioner Donnie Boyd was inspired to have the event following recent large wildfires in Klamath County during the 2020 and 2021 fire seasons.

“With the increase in large wildfires and impacts on our local communities over the past year, now is the time for area residents to learn more about wildfire preparedness and steps they can take to protect themselves, their homes and property before the next fire season,” Boyd said.