Jefferson Co. Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

COIC worked in collaboration with Jefferson County, local fire districts, state and federal agencies, and others to complete the five-year review and rewrite of Jefferson County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in 2020-2022. The Jefferson County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a county-wide, strategic assessment of the risks, hazards, mitigation and prevention opportunities associated with wildfire in our communities. This CWPP contains 19 communities and covers a total of 1.14 million acres.

A valid CWPP must:

  • be developed collaboratively by local and state government agencies in consultation with federal agencies;
  • identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend strategies for protecting communities and infrastructure;
  • and recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan.

Under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA 2003), communities with a CWPP are given priority for US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management funded hazardous fuels reduction projects, in addition to helping better protect themselves from fire risk and manage their forest landscapes. For more information on CWPPs, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry website.

 

Final CWPP

The Jefferson County CWPP was finalized and adopted by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, the Jefferson County Fire Defense Board, and the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District in May 2022. The full digital version of the CWPP is below; for hard copies, please visit your local fire district.

2022 Jefferson County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Public Input meeting

For the 2022 Jefferson County CWPP Update

COIC will host a public input meeting in partnership with Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Fire District #1, Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue, Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD, Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue, and the numerous local, regional, State, and Federal partners that have supported the 2021-2022 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update.

  • Draft CWPP 2022 Jefferson County CWPP
  • Feedback: We would appreciate receiving comments on the draft CWPP through this short survey. Public comment is currently CLOSED.
  • Agenda: COIC will present an overview of the CWPP and the update process, followed by time for questions and answers with the Steering Team members in attendance.
  • Time: Thursday, March 31st from 2-3pm
  • Location:
    • In-person – The Jefferson County Fire District #1 conference room (765 5th St, Madras, OR 97741). Please note that this is the Madras location, not Culver.
    • Virtual -Join Zoom Meeting
  • Questions? We welcome questions before, during, or after the meeting — please email them to Shelby Knight (sknight@coic.org).
  • Can’t attend? View the meeting recording here. Meeting notes are available here