Jefferson County Fuels Reduction Program
2021 Defensible space program for landowners
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), in a collaborative effort with the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs, is offering private landowners the opportunity to apply for funding in an effort to minimize fire danger on their property as outlined in the Jefferson County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Eligible residents will be offered a flat-rate reimbursement of $500 for treating the land around their homes to Firewise and the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act (SB360) standards. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire to homes in high risk areas by reducing hazardous fuels on private lands.
The goal of SB360 is to minimize fire danger in subdivisions and neighborhoods and make firefighting safer and more effective. Information and tips about the standards for fire prevention and creating defensible space around your home are available in the Living with Wildfire in Jefferson County handbook which can be found here: Living With Fire Handbook.
Funding and/or technical assistance is available to assist homeowners/landowners with completing defensible space projects. The Fire Officials are trained evaluators of the SB360 rules and will assess and certify properties as requested. Fire chiefs will be responsible for assuring that the standards have been met prior to dispensing funds.
Applications are being accepted now. All grants must be completed by December 1, 2021. To learn more about eligibility and view the application, contact your local fire protection district or Shelby Knight at email@example.com 541-548-9535. You can access and download the application here: 2021 Defensible Space Grant Application
Am I eligible?
In order to be eligible for the program, the landowner must meet the following criteria:
1. The landowner must:
a) own a dwelling on their property (this does not include sheds, pole barns and other non-habitable buildings);
b) own property in a “high density or extreme high density Wildland Urban Interface”, otherwise referred to as WUI in the 2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plan; and
c) complete the project by 12/01/2021. The eligible communities are listed below.
2. The application must be approved by your district’s Fire Official PRIOR to the area being treated and the homeowner being compensated.
3. The homeowner must submit an application with a minimum of three (3) pictures of the area they would like to treat prior to the application being approved (GRANT CANNOT BE USED RETROACTIVELY TO APPLICATION).
Eligible at risk communities include the following:
- Crooked River Ranch
- Grandview (Air Park, Rim Park and Forest Park
- Grizzly Saddle
- High Chapparral
- Juniper Butte
- Juniper Crest
- Madras Ranchos/Canyon View
- North Madras Heights
- Camp Sherman
- Round Butte
- Shamrock Estates
- Three Rivers
- Street Creek/Upper Metolius/Montgomery Shores
For more information contact:
Shelby Knight, Resilience Planner