ODF supplies information about the act’s fuel-reduction standards to forestland-urban interface property owners and mails each of these property owners a certification form, which may be signed and returned to ODF after the fuel-reduction standards have been met.
Returning this card to ODF is an important step. Certification relieves a property owner from the act’s fire cost-recovery liability. This takes effect on properties that are within a forestland-urban interface area and for which a certification card has not been received by the Department of Forestry. In these situations, the state of Oregon may seek to recover certain fire suppression costs from a property owner if a fire originates on the owner's property, the fuel reduction standards have not been met, and ODF incurs extraordinary suppression costs. The cost-recovery liability under the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act is capped at $100,000.
Certification cards become void whenever a property is sold, a structure is added, or a county's classification committee has convened and reclassified forestland-urban interface lands.
Homeowner Self-Certification Guidelines
Based on your property's hazard classification (low, moderate, high, or extreme), select the appropriate link to determine your "Steps to Wildfire Protection." If you do not know your hazard classification, please contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office.
Other tips for protecting your home from wildfire: