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Communities throughout Oregon are at various stages of planning and preparing for the potential impacts from prescribed fire and wildfire smoke. In order to create a successful community response plan for smoke, communities need to partner with local stakeholders and apply the best practices and resources to meet the needs of their residents.
In 2022, DEQ awarded grants to 20 local and tribal governments to develop comprehensive community response plans for smoke management and to three local entities and businesses to pilot projects promoting alternatives to open burning. Once the grant period is completed, DEQ will share community response plans and best practices from the grant awardees.
DEQ has compiled a list of smoke management resources and best practices for communities to develop their own community response plan.
Oregon Prescribed Fire Council's Community Response Plan toolkit
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