Policy Offices

On January 30, 2019, Governor Brown signed an executive order creating the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response.

The Council is tasked to review Oregon's current model for wildfire prevention, preparedness and response, analyzing whether or not the current model is sustainable given our increasing wildfire risks.

Topic to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Funding for wildfire response
  • Response to fires on protected, under-protected, and unprotected lands
  • Wildfire smoke
  • Assisting communities affected by wildfires
  • Prevention, treatment and cost containment of wildfires

Additionally, Council Members, along with stakeholders, will have the opportunity to participate in one of the three subcommittees created by the Council that focus on:

Mitigation​​​

The Mitigation Committee will develop and recommend priority fire prone areas to the state for restoration based on high-level priorities set by the Council. The Committee will also make recommendations regarding the process necessary to evaluate geographical areas of focus, target limited resources and to develop the public-private partnership needed to maximize beneficial impacts of forest restoration on human and natural system health. ​ 

Suppression

The Fire Suppression​ Committee is charged with evaluating Oregon’s coordinated fire suppression response structure and protocol while anticipating a significant increase in complexity and severity of fire seasons. Key findings of this Committee will include evaluation of Oregon’s fire response funding structure as well as protection responsibilities and resource coordination amongst state and federal partners across Oregon. 

Recovery

The Adaptation and Recovery Committee will examine and report the three key areas:

  1. Impacts of wildfire on public health.​​
  2. The relationship between land use and the risks of catastrophic wildfire, and Oregon’s disaster response capabilities.   
  3. How communities prepare for and recover from wildfire impacts, both from the public health and economic perspective. 

 

 
 
If the Council finds, after a review, that some or all of the current models are not sufficient to ensure Oregon is prepared for increasingly severe wildfire seasons, the Council has been asked to develop recommendations to strengthen, improve, or replace existing systems, and to implement its findings. The recommendations shall be presented to the Governor no later than September 30, 2019.​​​


 

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View the full Executive Order.


Upcoming Council Meetings
September Meetings

September 16 - Special Council Meeting
Location: Oregon Department of Energy (Meitner Room), 550 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

September 26 - Final Meeting
Location: World Forestry Center (Cheatham Hall), 4033 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, Oregon​ 97221

Comments
Join the discussion and submit your comments to the Council. If you are unable to attend a Council meeting in person, but would like to submit public testimony, you can email comments prior to a meeting to: 

Meeting Materials & Recordings


Council questions
Matt Donegan
Chair of the Council
  
Jason Miner
Governor's Natural Resources Policy Advisor​

Governor's Natural Resources Executive Assistant