Clackamas Fire on front lines of education ahead of wildfire season

Brandon Paxton is a Clackamas Fire battalion chief and public information officer.

As reports of drought conditions persist across much of the western United States, the trauma of last year's wildfire season remains fresh on the minds of Oregonians.

Perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in Clackamas County, where residents both rural and urban understand how the course of a fire and evacuation levels can change in a moment's notice, threatening personal safety, property and way of life.