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Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act
Overview
Logo for Oregon Forestland Urban Interface Fire Protection Act
The Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act, often referred to as Senate Bill 360, enlists the aid of property owners toward the goal of turning fire-vulnerable urban and suburban properties into less-volatile zones where firefighters may more safely and effectively defend homes from wildfires. Basically, the law requires property owners in identified forestland-urban interface areas to reduce excess vegetation, which may fuel a fire, around structures and along driveways. In some cases, it is also necessary to create fuel breaks along property lines and roadsides.
 
Forestland-urban interface areas are identified in each county by a classification committee. A committee is composed of five members -- three appointed by the county, one by the state fire marshal and one by the state forester. The process of identifying forestland-urban interface areas follows steps and definitions described in Oregon Administrative Rules 629-044-1005 through 629-044-0145. Briefly, the identification criteria include:
  • Lands within the county that are also inside an Oregon Department of Forestry protection district.
  • Lands that meet the state’s definition of “forestland.”
  • Lands that meet the definition of “suburban” or “urban”; in some cases, “rural” lands may be included within a forestland-urban interface area for the purpose of maintaining meaningful, contiguous boundaries.
  • Lots that are grouped with other lots with similar characteristics in a minimum density of four structures per 40 acres.
 
Once forestland-urban interface areas are identified, a committee applies fire-risk classifications to the areas. The classifications range from “low” to “extreme," and the classification is used by a property owner to determine the size of a fuel break that needs to be established around a structure.
 
After a committee completes its draft identification and classification maps, a public hearing is held to formally exhibit the committee’s findings and hear testimony. The maps are finalized by the committee after the hearing, and the findings are filed with the county clerk and the Oregon Board of Forestry. At that point, the Oregon Department of Forestry assumes administrative responsibility and notifies the owners of properties within the county's forestland-urban interface areas. Property owners have two years after receiving their letter of notification to comply with the fuel-reduction standards described in OAR 629-044-1050 through 629-044-1085.
 
A committee convenes every five years to review forestland-urban interface classifications.

 
The Oregon Department of Forestry supplies information about the act’s fuel-reduction standards to forestland-urban interface property owners. ODF also 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.
 
The Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act is fully described in Oregon Revised Statute 477.015 through 477.061 and Oregon Administrative Rules 629-044-1000 through 629-044-1110.
 

Contacts

The Oregon Forestland-Urban Inteface Fire Protection Act of 1997 applies to all Oregon counties. However, the act has not yet been implemented statewide. Here is local contact information for the counties in which implementation has either begun or is complete: 

Statewide Property Searchable Database

 
Coos and Curry counties
Dominique Ray
Coos Forest Protective Association
(541) 267-3161

Deschutes, Hood River, Crook, Jefferson and Wasco counties
Tom Andrade
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Central Oregon District
(541) 549-6761
 
Douglas County 
Kyle Reed 
Douglas Forest Protective Association
(541) 672-6507
 
Jackson and Josephine counties
Brian Ballou
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
(541) 665-0662
 
Klamath and Lake counties
Ann Maloney
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Klamath-Lake District
(541) 883-5681
 
Lane County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
South Cascade District 
(541) 726-3588
 
Umatilla, Wallowa, and Baker counties
Steve Meyer
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Northeast Oregon District
(541) 886-2881
 

Homeowner Self-Certification Guidelines

These links are to Adobe Reader (PDF) files of the "Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act" 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


Forms
Certification forms: To replace a certification form, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry or Forest Protective Association office located in the county where your propert is located (see list, above). A new certification form is required if the land is sold, or a structure is added to a lot.
 
Evaluation forms. Use these to determine the fuel reduction standards required on forestland-urban interface properties. These forms are for your information only, and do not need to be returned to ODF. These forms are also not to be used as a self-certification form. If you need a self-certification form for your property, contact your local ODF office.
 
Choose the evaluation form that matches the classification for the area in which your property is located. No fuel reduction treatment is required on properties classified "low."
 

Maps
Deschutes County
 
Deschutes County Maps and Recertification Information
 
These map files are large and it is recommended that you download your selection to your hard disc before opening it. To do this, right-click on the link, choose "Save Target As ..." from the menu, and select a destination folder for the file.
 
Bend area
 
LaPine area
 
Sisters area
 
Deschutes County and the Oregon Department of Forestry are in the process of reclassifying and issuing new property certification packages to Deschutes County residents protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.  In 2004, Deschutes County residents were the first homeowners in the state to receive certification for homes to meet defensible space standards of the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act - known as Senate Bill 360.  It has now been five years since the initial implementation, which means it is time to renew and recertify Deschutes County interface homes. 
 
New classification maps can be viewed at either the Deschutes County Public Works Building, located at 61150 27th Street, Bend, or at the Oregon Department of Forestry office located at 16721 Pine Tree Lane, Sisters, OR  97759.
 
If you have questions or need additional information about the Deschutes County reclassification process or SB 360, contact:
 
Tom Andrade
PH: 541-549-6761
tandrade@odf.state.or.us
 

Jackson County
 
Applegate-Ruch (1.8 MB)
Ashland (1.7 MB)
Jacksonville (1.6 MB)
Rogue River - Wimer (1.4 MB)
Sams Valley (1.3 MB)
Shady Cove - Prospect (1.8 MB)
 
In addition, you can search for individual lots on the Jackson County Wildfire Map Viewer page.
 
 

Lane County
If you have questions or need more information about the SB 360 process in Lane County, contact:
 
Kevin Crowell
PH: 541-726-3588
kcrowell@odf.state.or.us
 
Maps for Lane County [Updated Versions posted April 19, 2010]:
 
Index Map [1.2 MB]
Map 1 - Rock Creek Wilderness [16.46 MB]
Map 2 - Klickitat Mountain [18.55 MB]
Map 3 - Triangle Lake [18.18 MB]
Map 4 - High Pass [16.38 MB]
Map 5 - Harrisburg [16.05 MB]
Map 6 - Marcola [17.81 MB]
Map 7 - McKenzie [17.63 MB]
Map 8 - Blue River [16.41 MB]
Map 9 - Upper McKenzie [17.62 MB]
Map 10 - Florence [17.59 MB]
Map 11 - Mapleton [18.52 MB]
Map 12 - Nelson Mountain [17.93 MB]
Map 13 - Veneta [16.17 MB]
Map 14 - Eugene [18.13 MB]
Map 15 - Springfield [17.54 MB]
Map 16 - Lowell [17.45 MB]
Map 17 - Dunes City [17.18 MB]
Map 18 - Wolf Creek [17.58 MB]
Map 19 - Cottage Grove [17.39 MB]
Map 20 - Dexter [17.52 MB]
Map 21 - Oakridge [17.95 MB]
Map 22 - South Cottage Grove [16.55 MB]
Map 23 - Dorena Reservoir [17.94 MB]
Map 24 - Stennett Butte [12.98]
 

Additional Information
Frequently asked questions about the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act
 
Glossary of terms used in Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act administration
 
A short history of wildland/urban interface fires in Oregon