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Wildfire Adapted Communities – SB 762

On the final day of the 2021 legislative session, the legislature passed Oregon's first comprehensive wildfire preparedness and resiliency bill, Senate Bill 762. The legislation invokes action from multiple agencies, with the aim of providing long-term security for our state by minimizing loss of life and property, protecting the lives of wildland firefighters, protecting and managing Oregon's forest assets, and creating a more predictable and protected future for communities and development at risk to the impacts of wildfire.

Under Section 11 of SB 762, DLCD is responsible for writing a report for the State Wildfire Programs Advisory Council and Oregon Legislature that identifies updates to the statewide land use planning program and local comprehensive plans and zoning codes that are needed to incorporate wildfire risk maps and minimize wildfire risk, including the appropriate levels of state and local resources necessary for effective implementation. DLCD's report must be completed by October 1, 2022. Download the project overview DLCD Wildfire Adapted Communities Fact Sheet.

This web page has the most current information about the department process and opportunities to engage.

Community Engagement

To help implement SB 762, DLCD staff have convened a Wildfire Adapted Communities Stakeholder Group to assist the department in identifying issues and provide input on recommendations. The Stakeholder Group includes members from across Oregon representing a broad spectrum of interests and organizations as well as individuals from fire affected communities and underrepresented groups. See the Wildfire Adapted Communities Stakeholder Group Member List. Community listening sessions, an online open house and survey, and other methods of engaging Oregonians and federally recognized tribes in the process will inform the recommendations and final report. Visit WildfireAdaptedOregon.com to learn more about community engagement opportunities.

Wildfire Stakeholder Group meetings will begin in May 2022 and continue until August. A draft report will be presented to the Land Conservation and Development Commission at their July 2022 meeting, and the final report will be presented at their September meeting. View the overall Wildfire Engagement Report Timeline.

Contact

Susan Millhauser
Natural Hazards Planner - Wildfire
susan.millhauser@dlcd.oregon.gov
Phone: 971-718-1584