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Wildfire Home Protection Strategies Workshop

A FREE half-day workshop on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
COCC Bend Campus, Ponderosa 204, 2600 NW College Way, Bend
Instructors include Melissa Steele from Bend Fire and Rescue, Julia Johnson from Oregon Department of Forestry, Heather Miller with Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and Ariel Cowan from Oregon State University Extension Fire Program.

The Wildfire Home Protection Strategies class is based on wildfire behavior, structure exposure, and the concepts of defensible space. You will learn how to analyze wildfire risks to structures, provide actionable advice to property owners, and how to take action in your community. To register, please email: Heather.Miller@osp.oregon.gov or Ariel.Cowan@oregonstate.edu. Please include your name, HOA Community/Agency affiliation & phone number. Class will be limited to 36 people.

UDRC Wildfire Home Hardening Pilot Program

Homeowners in the La Pine Rural Fire District are eligible to participate in the Wildfire Home Hardening Pilot Program for a limited time. Upper Deschutes River Communities will reimburse 50% of homeowners’ expenses for approved home hardening and fuels reduction work within 5 feet of the home. Maximum reimbursement is $500. For eligible home hardening projects visit the Home Hardening page.

To apply for this program, click here for the application form, fill out and submit the application form before March 30, 2023. A UDRC volunteer will contact you to schedule a Home Assessment. After your work plan is approved, you will receive email with detailed instructions. A paid invoice, receipts(s) for contractor expenses, rental equipment, or materials and a signed/dated cover letter is required. All work must be completed and invoices received before June 30, 2023 to receive your reimbursement.

FireFree Brush Disposal Dates

Dispose of your needles, leaves, branches and brush for FREE!
  • Grass clippings, brush, plant prunings, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, trimmings and branches, stumps or trees (no larger than 12” diameter).
  • NOT Accepted: Sod, dirt, rocks, lumber, metal, trash or plastics of any kind, including plastic bags, and any stumps or trees larger than 12” diameter.
Bend
Knott Landfill
May 6 – May 21 7 Days/week
7 AM – 5 PM
61050 SE 27th Street, Bend
 
Redmond
Negus Transfer Station
June 3 – June 17, Monday – Saturday
8AM-4PM
2400 NE Maple Way, Redmond
La Pine
Southwest Transfer Station
June 3 – June 17 Wednesday – Saturday
8AM-4PM
54580 Highway 97, La Pine
 
Sisters
Northwest Transfer Station
June 3 – June 17 Wednesday – Saturday
8AM-4PM
68200 Fryrear Road, Sisters

Oregon Wildfire Risk Map Postponed

Following conversations last week with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council, the state has decided to postpone the release of an updated statewide wildfire map originally planned for March 2023.
 
There are several bills introduced in the 2023 Legislature related to the map that would change the map itself. We want to ensure that when we next bring a draft map to the public for input, it’s reflective of new direction being considered by the Legislature.
 
Mapping wildfire hazards for Oregonians to know how best to protect lives, homes and property in the era of megafires is critically important, and we need to take the time to get it right. ODF does not yet know how long it will take to implement new direction. Read more at Wildfire Risk Map.

UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

The Defensible Space Reimbursement Program will open for Spring applications beginning January 15, 2023. The Fall application period will begin on July 15, 2023. The UDRC will help property owners within the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District with the cost of creating or maintaining defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The UDRC will reimburse your expenses for licensed fuels reduction contractors or rental equipment up to $500 maximum. Property owners who did not receive a reimbursement in 2022 may apply in 2023. One application for a UDRC Defensible Space program from a sole or joint property owner will be accepted for work completed by June 30, 2023. Applicants for the Reimbursement Program may not apply for the Low-income Senior program in the same year. The UDRC will not reimburse work completed before your application is approved. Your work plan must include examples of wildfire fuels reduction listed on the application form. To apply for the 2023 Spring Defensible Space Reimbursement Program click here for the online application form. If you were unable to submit the form, please try again.

UDRC Low-income Senior or Low-income Disabled Defensible Space Program

The intention of this program is to offer assistance to property owners who cannot do the work themselves, or afford to hire someone else to do the work. UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging of Central Oregon to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for low-income senior or low-income disabled homeowners in the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District. Click here for a printable flyer describing the program. To apply for this program, click here for the mail in application form with income and age or disability requirements or call UDRC at 541-556-0317 to request the application form. Applicants for the Low-income Senior or Low Income Disabled Program may not apply for the Reimbursement program in the same year.

2022 UDRC Programs Review

Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

Total Reimbursements:                    90 Property Owner Expenses:              $114,467 UDRC Reimbursement Payments:  $44,640 47 reimbursements to UDRC communities 43 reimbursements to La Pine Area communities

Low-income Senior Defensible Space Program

Property Assessments:  15 Projects Completed:       12 Contractor Payments:     $10,236 The Low-income Senior program is funded by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund. The Reimbursement program is funded by grants from the MCM Fund, BNSF Railway Foundation, and First Interstate Bank Foundation. We held 5 public meetings on Forest Service and ODF fuels reduction projects, home insurance regulations, state and county roads projects, and river flow management. If you have suggestions for future public meeting topics click on Contact UDRC.

Deschutes County hires new County Forester and Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator

Deschutes County has hired Kevin Moriarty as its new County Forester and Corinne Heiner as its new Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator. As County Forester, Kevin Moriarty will lead the day-to-day operations of the County’s Natural Resources program, which focuses on fire prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The program also provides education and support to landowners for noxious weed control. Corinne will facilitate fire adapted community strategies through the management of the Firewise Communities Program and will work closely with the community and partners to prepare, revise and implement Community Wildfire Protection Plans. She will also support educational opportunities for county residents and stakeholders.

Oregon Revised Action Plan and Timeline for Wildfire Protection

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) today announced a revised action plan and timeline for engaging the public on wildfire protection efforts as part of the state’s strategy to create more fire-resilient communities. Click here for more information.

USFS Fuels Reduction Projects Proposals

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District is initiating scoping for three separate hazardous fuels reduction projects. The projects include Oregon Water Wonderland Hazardous Fuel Reduction, Forest Lane Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project and Fall River Estates Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. The projects are not related and will be analyzed separately. Click here for detailed project information and how to provide comments. Anyone wishing to obtain additional information on these projects may contact Cristina Peterson by email at cristina.peterson@usda.gov.
 

Oregon Department of Forestry Assistance for Defensible Space Projects in DRRH 1-5 & 9 Communities

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District is accepting applications from landowners in DRRH 1-5 & 9 communities interested in completing fuel reduction projects around their homes. Specific treatments within these project areas which are eligible for cost-share incentives include thinning of overstocked and diseased juniper and pine stands, pruning limbs on residual trees, mastication of brush and small trees, and chipping materials or burning piles onsite to remove the excess woody debris. Landowners must provide a 25% match for work completed. This match can come through in-kind labor (work performed by the landowner). Historically underserved populations, including elderly and lower income applicants, will receive priority consideration for their applications. Additionally, Oregon Department of Forestry will be providing chipping opportunities for all landowners in these communities. Landowners who are interested in applying for cost-share for fuel reduction on their property or who would like to having chipping work completed to dispose of vegetative materials can visit https://odfcentraloregongrantinformation.blogspot.com/ for more information or contact Ross Huffman (541-549-2731).

Reporting Graffiti or Illegal Dump Sites

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office inmate work crews have been actively involved in the community by removing graffiti and cleaning up large collections of litter from property throughout Deschutes County. Click here to report graffiti or illegal dump sites in Deschutes County.

USFS Klone Vegetation Management Project

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District released a draft environmental assessment for the nearly 35,000-acre Klone Vegetation Management Project south of Bend for a 30-day public comment period. The 34,636-acre planning area is located south of Bend and east of Sunriver. About 10,550 acres on the west side of the planning area are within the wildland urban interface designated by the Upper Deschutes River Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The east side of the planning area borders Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The purpose of the project is to improve forest resilience against uncharacteristically large disturbance events such as wildfire, insects, and disease through treatments such as thinning and fuels reduction. The project proposes to manage vegetation through silviculture techniques and prescribed fire, and to restore areas through road closures. The Forest Service’s environment assessment can be accessed on the Deschutes National Forest project website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57735. Comments may be submitted electronically to comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-bend-ftrock@usda.gov. Please put “Klone” in the subject line of your email. Comments must be submitted as part of the actual e-mail message, or as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf) only.

USFS 42 Road Wildfire Resilience Project

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis for the 42 Road GNA Wildfire Resilience Project located on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. The project area is west of La Pine State Park near Fall River Hatchery and Wake Butte. Click here to view the Scoping Letter. For additional questions, please contact Alicia Underhill, Environmental Coordinator, by email at alicia.underhill@usda.gov or by phone at 541-383-4012.

UDRC Defensible Space Program Featured In Midstate Electric Ruralite Article

The organization’s goal is to lessen the impact of wildfires on people’s lives and lifestyles, on their properties and structures, and on the natural resources of the area, including water, trees and wildlife habitat. “Fires can have a serious impact on communities,” says Jerry Hubbard, president of UDRC and a board member of the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District. “There’s been a positive response to the UDRC program. It’s a good incentive to get people to clean up their property.” Click here to read the article.