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Senate Bill (SB) 762 (2021) created a statewide approach to a wide range of wildfire mitigation measures. The legislature directed the Building Codes Division to adopt fire hardening building code standards, based on existing wildfire mitigation provisions, that could be applied to areas of the state mapped as extreme or high risk and that are in the wildland urban interface.
View the division's bulletin for general information
If you received a letter from the Department of Forestry about your property being either in the wildland urban interface, or in a high or extreme wildfire risk zone and have questions about why you are receiving the letter, you should reach out to the Department of Forestry at 503-945-7310.
If you have questions about the rules for trees, bushes, and other vegetation around your building, also known as “defensible space" you can visit the
Oregon State Fire Marshal's page.
To implement Senate Bill (SB) 762, the division is developing rules that will amend the 2021 ORSC Section R327 to apply to all new dwellings and the accessory structures of dwellings in extreme and high wildfire risk classes in the wildland-urban interface and to extend the standards to apply to existing dwellings that are replacing exterior elements of the structure.
Oregon Department of ForestryOregon wildfire risk map
Office of State Fire MarshalOregon Defensible Space Code
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and DevelopmentLand-use updates
As the Oregon Department of Forestry is overseeing the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire risk that will display the five wildfire risk classes: extreme, high, moderate, low and no risk; the division is working on an interactive tool to work in conjunction with the Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer, that will display wildfire hazard mitigation standards covered in Section R327 of the ORSC. This tool will also support the future listing of snow, seismic, and wind design criteria at the property level.
Developments in the process will be posted here as they become available.
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