Oregon Defensible Space Code Development Process
Under Senate Bill 762, the OSFM is mandated to adopt statewide minimum defensible space standards. The OSFM is using its current code development and adoption process. Development is underway and additional meetings will be announced here. Agencies, interest groups, and individuals are welcome to provide input during the adoption process.
The OSFM and stakeholders are following the established code adoption process using the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code model language, using sections 603 and 604 per the Senate Bill 762 mandate. Upon adopting the new Oregon defensible space code, the OSFM will reevaluate every three years and follow the same systematic policies and practices in place for the Oregon Fire Code.
Based on the language in Senate Bill 762, the code will be completed by December 2022. The timeline for when the code will go into effect in late 2023.
The map was withdrawn on August 4, 2022, and an updated version will be released on March 1, 2023. The map was developed by Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
If your home or business is in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and at high or extreme risk, you may be subject to the defensible space code. Homes and businesses not in the WUI and at high or extreme risk are not subject to the code.
The OSFM recommends home and business owners at high or extreme risk but not in the WUI follow defensible space best practices. Wildfire does not recognize map boundary lines.
Partner Agency Contacts
The OSFM can answer questions about the defensible space code, standards, and best practices at SB762@osp.oregon.gov.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
- Maintains the wildfire risk map
- Can answer questions about risk level, map layers or statistics, and the risk appeal process
- Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Building Codes Division (BCD) within the Department of Consumer and Business Services
- Develops new rules and codes for buildings
- Can answer questions about home building codes and code development
- Contact BCD at email@example.com.
The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR)
- Oversees insurance best practices
- Can answer questions about insurance best practices, support with insurance claims, and insurance research
- Contact DFR at DFR.InsuranceHelp@oregon.gov
Oregon State University (OSU)
- Created the wildfire risk map in partnership with the ODF
- They manage the data and the map interface on the Wildfire Risk Explorer
- Can answer questions about data and the wildfire risk explorer
- Contact OSU at firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Land Conversation and Development (DLCD)
- Created a report of recommendations for potential land use planning changes to minimize wildfire risk and create more wildfire-adapted communities
- Can answer questions about land use laws and planning
- To stay informed about DLCD's work, join their email list
Fire-Adapted Organizations and Programs
Many organizations and programs are working to create fire-adapted communities in Oregon:
Firewise USA® is a national program by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) that provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to protect their homes and communities and reduce wildfire risk locally. To learn more, visit their website and use their interactive map to find a Firewise community near you.
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), created by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act in 2003, helps communities collaborate with federal and state land agencies to achieve common goals and tackle often-controversial issues. Communities with CWPPs have priority for Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hazardous fuels reduction projects.
For those in Central Oregon, Project Wildfire is a Deschutes County community organization that facilitates, educates, disseminates, and maximizes community efforts towards effective fire planning and mitigation. Learn more about the seven Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) in Deschutes County, FireFree educational program, and other resources.
Fire Adapted Oregon is a program created by the OSFM grounded in statewide data, science, defensible space, and the community risk reduction framework. The initiative uses an integrated and strategic investment of resources to reduce fires and their impact on the public.
The OSFM is working to develop grant programs to help with defensible space projects. To learn more, click here.
Helpful DocumentsWildfire Risk Map FAQDefensible Space Code FAQHow does defensible space really work
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