Create a Defensible Space

Three Zones of Defensible Space

Click on the links below for information about creating defensible space:

Ready, Set, Go! Are YOU Wildfire Ready?

UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

The intention of this program is to offer an incentive to South Deschutes County property owners. Creating defensible space will not only mitigate your wildfire risk, but help our communities become more fire adapted. Grant funds are available help property owners within the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection Plan areas outside of Sunriver 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. One application from a sole or joint property owner will be accepted each year. The UDRC will not reimburse work completed before your application is approved. Applicants for the Reimbursement Program may not apply for the Low-income Senior program in the same year.

Before beginning your fuels reduction project, click here to fill out the online application form with instructionsYou will receive email notification when your application is accepted. After hiring a licensed contractor and completing the fuels reduction project, send a copy of your paid invoice documenting your expenses by email to or mail to UDRC, PO Box 3042, Sunriver OR, 97707. After receiving the invoice, the UDRC will mail a check for reimbursement. For more information about the program Contact the UDRC.

UDRC Low-income Senior or 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 disabled homeowners within the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection Plan boundaries. Click here for a printable flyer describing the program. Click here to print the Defensible Space Program Application form with age and income requirements. Applicants for the Low-income Senior Program may not apply for the Reimbursement Program in the same year.

If you want to participate in this program, please print and fill out the application form or call Council on Aging at 541-678-5483 to request the application form. UDRC will accept as many qualified applicants as resources allow. A representative from UDRC will assess your property and propose a fuels reduction project to improve your defensible space for a wildfire.

Deschutes County Project Wildfire Roadside Chipping Program

Project Wildfire schedules roadside chipping events for designated communities in Spring and Fall. Residents bring thinning material to the roadside for chipping which is blown back on their property. Email Project Wildfire at to register your community for the program.

Deschutes County Fuel Reduction Discretionary Grant Program

The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has allocated $40,000 to fund fuel reduction projects to reduce wildfire risk in Deschutes County communities. Preference will be given to communities or neighborhoods that are working to be recognized as a Firewise USA site or are currently recognized as a Firewise USA site and are proposing projects consistent with their Firewise action plan and community assessment. Click on Deschutes County Fuel Reduction Grant Program for more information.

Natural Resources Conservation Services La Pine Basin Project

NRCS funding will help woodland owners with 5 acres and larger perform conservation practices like pre-commercial thinning, slash treatment, and fuel breaks. These practices reduce the amount of “fuels” (such as dense, overstocked trees, shrubs and invasive plants) that cause a wildfire to spread higher into the canopy where it causes the most damage. A properly thinned forest holds wildfire lower to the ground, allowing safer access for firefighters to quench the flames.

For program information click here.
For application information click here.

Oregon Department of Forestry Fuels Reduction Grants

ODF has cost-share funds available to assist landowners for wildfire fuels reduction. For more information contact a ODF representative by filling out the Fuels Reduction Grant Contact Request.

UDRC 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan: Progress Report

The board members of the Upper Deschutes River Communities have prepared a detailed report about the accomplishments of our partners over the past two years in support of the UDRC 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Click here to view the report.

Three Rivers Area Wildfire Risk Report

This report from Headwaters Economics presents data about wildfire risk, socioeconomic vulnerability, and land use to help communities understand their relative wildfire risk profile. It was created through a partnership between Headwaters Economics and the U.S. Forest Service through the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program using data from Wildfire Risk to Communities. Click here to view the report.

Wildfire Risk to Communities Website

Wildfire Risk to Communities is a easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk. It was created by the USDA Forest Service under the direction of Congress and is designed to help community leaders, such as elected officials, community planners, and fire managers. This is the first time wildfire risk to communities has been mapped nationwide.

Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer Report

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer Report summarizes wildfire risk in UDRC CWPP Area. Wildfire risk combines the likelihood of a fire occurring with the exposure and susceptibility of valued resources and assets on the landscape.

Oregon State University Wildfire Preparedness Resources

How to Prepare for Wildfire in Upper Deschutes River Communities

Project Wildfire has published a brochure on wildfire risk, defensible space, evacuation, and resources for Upper Deschutes River Communities. Click on How to Prepare for Wildfire to view the brochure.

If your home has been assessed by the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District, you can see your wildfire risk assessment by going to Oregon Ready, Set, Go! and clicking on “My Risk: Go to the Map”. The Deschutes County Evacuation Guide outlines the levels to prepare for wildfire evacuation. The Central Oregon Fire Information website has current wildfire information from all public agencies.

Fuels Reduction Contractors

This list is provided for information only and is not an endorsement by the UDRC.

3 Rivers Tree Service

Reuben Womack
14830 South Century Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707
Phone: 541-593-3013
Cell: 541-280-3879

Arbor 1 Tree Service

Mike Donahue
PO Box 7126, Bend, OR 97708
Phone: 541-846-8018

Central Oregon TreeXperts

Brett Miller and Clint Miller
477 NE Greenwood Ave, Ste A
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-480-9488

Heartwood Forest Contracting, LLC

Eric Metzger and Lacey England
724 SE 6th St.
Bend, OR 97702
Phone: 541-595-8649

Pro Tree Care, LLC

Kyle Otteni
PO Box 65
La Pine, OR 97739
Phone: 541-536-2628

South County Sheet Metal & Specialties

Travis Crumley
16062 Pine Drop Ln.
La Pine, OR 97739
(541) 815-6926
(541) 420-2929

Spring River Tree Service, Inc.

Brent Redenius
PO Box 1987
Sunriver, OR 97707
Office: 541-593-8360
Cell: 541-977-6274

Westline Tree & Land Services

Greg McKeever
PO Box 1319
Bend, OR 97709
Phone: 541-350-3393

Woodland Rehab and Restoration

Ronald Paden
PO Box 821
La Pine, OR 97739
Cell: 541-639-6324

Deschutes County Fuels Reduction Contractors Pool

Click here for a list of fuels reduction contractors approved for Deschutes County projects.