Three Zones of Defensible Space
Click on the links below for information about creating defensible space:
- The Three Zones of Defensible Space
- How to Prepare for Wildfire in Upper Deschutes River Communities
- Property Evaluation & Self-Certification Guide
- Wildfire Home Protection Strategies
- Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide
- Firewise Basics Workshops
- Upper Deschutes River Community Wildfire Protection Plan
- Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer Report: UDRC Area
- Oregon Ready, Set, Go!
- Oregon Living with Fire
- FEMA Wildfire Public Service Announcements
- Camp Fire Video Series – Lessons Learned
Ready, Set, Go! Are YOU Wildfire Ready?
- Week 1: Landscaping Against Your Home
- Week 2: Vents/Eaves & Mesh Screening
- Week 3: Your Evacuation Plan
- Week 4: Clearing Gutters/Roof of Debris
- Week 5: Decks/Patios/Balconies
- Week 6: Fencing
- Week 7: Zone 2 (5-30 ft)
UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program
The Defensible Space Reimbursement Program is closed for new applications. Funds have been fully allocated. The program will reopen when more grant funds are available.
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 instructions. You 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
- Before wildfire strikes
- During a wildfire
- After a wildfire
- Wildfire FAQs
- Wildfire Awareness Webinar
- Fire Behavior and Home Ignition Zone Webinar
- Fire Adapted Communities FAC and Ready, Set, Go! Webinar
- Wildfire smoke and your health
- Indoor air quality during a wildfire
- Oregon Health Authority wildfires and smoke
- Smoke map
- State of Oregon Fires Dashboard
- NWCG Wildfire Map
- FireMappers Wildfire Map
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
14830 South Century Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707
Central Oregon TreeXperts
Brett Miller and Clint Miller
477 NE Greenwood Ave, Ste A
Bend, OR 97701
Heartwood Forest Contracting, LLC
Eric Metzger and Lacey England
724 SE 6th St.
Bend, OR 97702
Pro Tree Care, LLC
PO Box 65
La Pine, OR 97739
South County Sheet Metal & Specialties
16062 Pine Drop Ln.
La Pine, OR 97739
Spring River Tree Service, Inc.
PO Box 1987
Sunriver, OR 97707
Westline Tree & Land Services
PO Box 1319
Bend, OR 97709
Woodland Rehab and Restoration
PO Box 821
La Pine, OR 97739
Deschutes County Fuels Reduction Contractors Pool
Click here for a list of fuels reduction contractors approved for Deschutes County projects.