Press Release: Defensible Space Program

Oregon Defensible Space

Press Release – OSFM – Defensible Space Program: informs residents about the new Defensible Space Program with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, including an incentive to encourage resident participation.

Through the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Defensible Space Program, Oregonians can schedule a free assessment at their home or property. During the assessment, a fire expert will walk your property and give you tips to create or improve your defensible space.

Check the Defensible Space Checklist. Following these recommendations can increase the likelihood that your home or business will survive a wildfire. They may not eliminate wildfire threat, so it is important to follow all evacuation orders in the event of a wildfire.

Fire-Adapted Organizations and Programs

Many organizations and programs are working to create fire-adapted communities in Oregon.

  • Firewise USA®, a program by the National Fire Prevention Association, provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to protect their homes and communities and reduce wildfire risk. Learn more here and find a Firewise community near you.
  • The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), created by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, helps communities collaborate with federal and state land agencies to achieve common goals. Communities with CWPPs have priority for Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hazardous fuels reduction projects.
  • Fire Adapted Oregon is an OSFM initiative built using statewide data, defensible space best practices, and the community risk reduction framework. The initiative uses an integrated and strategic investment of resources to reduce fires and their impact on the public.

Click here to learn more about the Oregon Defensible Space Program.



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