Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

LOSTINE — The Lostine Canyon is an enchanting forested haven where the amenities include wildlife viewing, the Lostine River and its creeks and dense forest. Living among the trees has its risks, as well.

To help landowners best prepare for the risk of wildfire threatening their forested properties, members of the Wallowa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan committee is hosting a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the South Fork Grange Hall on Roswell Street in Lostine.

The presentation is the first of a handful planned this spring to give members of forested communities a chance to learn how to mitigate loss of property to wildfire and how the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and other local and regional firefighting agencies work together and with the public to reduce risks.

The wildfire protection plan committee started meeting last March, Nils Christoffersen, executive director of Wallowa Resources, said. He and Jenny Reinhardt, also of Wallowa Resources, have helped spearhead an effort to update the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan.