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Smoke Management

The Oregon Smoke Management Program is a comprehensive program that DEQ developed in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Health Authority. The goal of the program is to safely utilize prescribed forest burning to reduce the buildup of forest fuels, maintain forest health and reduce the risk of large uncontrolled wildfires. The Smoke Management Program is implemented by the Oregon Department of Forestry with assistance from DEQ.

As part of the Oregon Smoke Management Program, DEQ has two grant opportunities available to prepare communities for prescribed fire smoke and find alternatives to prescribed burning.  

Grant Opportunity #1: 

Apply for a Grant to Create Your Community Response Plan for Smoke Management

DEQ is seeking proposals from local and tribal governments to develop comprehensive community response plans for smoke. DEQ will award approximately $300,000 for community response plan development and the identification of potential mitigation strategies that could be deployed to protect the public from prescribed fire smoke.

Projects must be conducted within the timeframe of Jan. 1, 2022 through March 30, 2023. DEQ expects to award multiple contracts and will consider grant requests up to $40,000. Additional monies may be awarded in excess of the $40,000 limit if community projects do not reach the maximum total of $300,000 based on the number of qualified proposals received and selected.

For grant requirements and additional information, please review the DEQ Smoke Management Community Response Plan Development Projects Request for Proposals. Visit the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council for additional resources on how to create a community response plan.

Informational Webinar

On Oct. 13, 2021, DEQ held an informational webinar titled Smoke Management-Community Response Plan RFP Process. DEQ staff provided an overview of the program and answered questions from participants.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, please review the recorded webinar and slides from the presentation. 

DEQ extended the deadline for this grant to Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, by 5:30 p.m. PT.

Grant Opportunity #2: 

Apply for a Grant for Smoke Mitigation and Alternatives to Burning

DEQ is seeking grant proposals for projects that demonstrate alternative burning techniques or non-burn treatment options that effectively reduce wildfire hazard, maintain productive and resilient forests, and improve air quality.

This RFP is open to communities, nonprofits, private businesses, tribal nations and local government agencies. DEQ will award approximately $400,000 and expects to issue multiple contracts resulting from this RFP. DEQ will consider grant requests up to $200,000. Projects must be conducted within the timeframe of March 1, 2022 through March 30, 2023.

For grant requirements and additional information, please review the Smoke Mitigation and Alternatives to Burning Request for Proposals. 

Informational Webinar

On Nov. 9, 2021, DEQ held an informational webinar titled Smoke Mitigation and Alternatives to Burning RFP. DEQ staff provided an overview of the program and answered questions from participants.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, please review the recorded webinar and slides from the presentation. 





Submission Deadline for Grants

Proposals and all required submittal items must be received by DEQ on or before Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, by 5:30 p.m. PT. Proposals received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via email to Margaret Miller at margaret.miller@deq.state.or.us or by mail.

Mailing address:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Attention: Margaret Miller
700 NE Multnomah St, Suite 600
Portland OR 97232 

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