WEST LINN, Ore. -- On the steep hillside above Interstate 205 in West Linn, fire crews are clearing away brush and trees, creating a massive fire break to help protect the Barrington Heights Neighborhood.

We chose this community because it's located right next to the freeway, which is always a huge ignition source for wildfires, said Jenna Nelson with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fire crews with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were also helping with the effort.

Fire experts were helping homeowners assess the fire risk around their own houses.

Robert Jester learned that he has some work to do.

I suggest pruning up these pine trues at least up 10 to 15 feet, said Nelson.

She also had concerns over his cedar shake roof.

Actually, our homeowner association required the cedar shake roofs, but they recently changed to composite because of the fire risk, said Jester.

Forestry experts also recommend you limit the amount of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding your home.

For example, get rid of wood stacked near the home or propane tanks. Also, create a fire-free area within five feet of the home by using non-flammable landscaping materials and high moisture annuals and perennials.

The Barrington Heights Neighborhood is now a certified Firewise community, the first in West Linn.

Firewise is a national program to help homeowners protect their homes from wildfire. For more information on the program, go to

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