SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry has canceled Tuesday’s community information session scheduled at Grants Pass on the state’s new wildfire hazard mapping effort. Wednesday’s scheduled briefing in Medford will now be a virtual-only meeting. Anyone can attend the virtual session.
Many community locations, including the Medford Public Library, are designated as community cooling shelters. Southwestern Oregon is forecasting several days of 100 degree weather this week. With high demand for community cooling shelter capacity, ODF has decided to cancel in-person meetings. Meetings will be rescheduled soon.
The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Join the meeting via this link: https://odf.zoom.us/j/97802419789.
Each information session will include a presentation on the function and purpose of the map, how forest fire risk is assessed, and how landowners can appeal the risk class assigned to them. has been assigned. Time will be available to answer questions from community members.
The Wilderness-Urban Interface (WUI) and Statewide Wildfire Hazard Map available through the Oregon Explorer is a tool to help inform decision-making and planning related to wildfire risk mitigation for communities in Oregon.
Representatives from Oregon State University who produced the map based on rules adopted by the Board of Forestry will also attend the sessions.
Landowners in the high and extreme risk classes received a written notice from ODF indicating the property’s risk class and whether it is within the urban wilderness interface. The notice will let them know if they may be subject to future defensible space or building code requirements and how to find information about those requirements. It will also provide information on the process for appealing a property’s risk classification.
For properties in WUI and a high or extreme risk classification, Senate Bill 762 requires measures to help mitigate wildfire risk through the adoption of defensible spaces and building codes hardening the houses. Oregon State Fire Marshal has died defensible space code requirements through a public process. Adoption of the defensible space requirements code will take place in December 2022, after the closure of the card validation and appeal period. These requirements will not apply until later. Visit OSFM website for more information.
The Building Codes Division (BCD) will adopt home hardening building codes through a public process. The building codes will be adopted on October 1, 2022 and will come into force on April 1, 2023. Visit BCD website for more information. Visit Financial Regulation Division for information on insurance related to the fire risk map.