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Hearing on Gateway Fire Association set for March 2, Madras
Contact: Gordon N. Foster, 541-447-5658
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 2 in Madras on a proposal to form the Gateway Rangeland Fire Protection Association. The proposal calls for forming a cooperative, non-profit, landowner-directed fire association that would provide wildfire protection to rangelands in portions of northern Jefferson County.
 
At the hearing, ODF staff will provide background information on the proposal and answer questions. Members of the public are invited to attend the hearing and give testimony. A report of the public testimony will be provided to the Board of Forestry for review prior to its consideration of the rangeland association proposal at its next meeting.
 
Rangeland fire protection associations were authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 1963 to fill a gap in wildfire protection for portions of the state that do not lie within a rural fire protection district or a forest protection district. There are currently 12 active associations.
 
The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room at Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, 765 S. Adams Dr., in Madras.
 
To ensure the broadest range of services to individuals with disabilities, lead time is needed to make necessary arrangements. If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, 541-447-5658 ext. 237, text telephone (TTY) 1-800-467-4490 (outside Salem) and 503-945-7213 (in Salem).