WUI - Wildland Urban Interface

Understanding Defensible Space

By building a defensible space around your property you can significantly reduce your chances of destruction should a wildfire occur around the property.

Defensible Space is creating a green landscape, with minimal fuels, creating a low fire danger circumference around your home and other out buildings for the prevention of wildfire and the slowing of the spread of wildfire. By following a few guidelines for maintaining property such as trimming the trees, picking up forest litter, clearing gutters, building an open driveway, moving burnable materials like firewood, just to name a few, have helped save many property owners from devastation.

Many years of research has gone into compiling a list of guidelines to assist with assessing, determining, and maintaining methods that can be implemented by all property owners. These guidelines have been introduced into a program called Defensible Space. Coos Forest Protective Association would appreciate all property owners following these proven guidelines to protect all property within the CFPA district communities.

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Understanding Oregon Forestland Urban Interface - Senate Bill 360

Oregon Forestland Urban Interface Fire Protection Act (Senate Bill 360) initiates the aid of property owners to reach the goal of turning medium, high, and extreme fire danger areas in and around urban and suburban properties into low fire danger, to assist firefighters and improve the safety and effectiveness in the protection of homes and resources from wildfires.

The law requires property owners in identified forestland-urban interface areas to reduce excess vegetation, which may fuel a fire, around structures and along driveways. In some cases, it is also necessary to create fuel breaks along property lines and roadsides.

Forestland-urban interface areas are identified in each county by a classification committee. Once forestland-urban interface areas are identified, a committee applies fire-risk classifications to the areas. The classifications range from “low” to “extreme";, and the classification is used by a property owner to determine the size of a fuel break that needs to be established around a structure.

Every five years, a committee reviews forestland-urban interface classifications.

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Understanding CWPP

A CWPP is a plan developed by a community in an area at-risk from wildfire.

The Community Wildfire Protection Planning process is the collaboration between communities and agencies interested in reducing wildfire risk. Similar documents can capture the collaborative process and should have at the minimum the following elements: 1) clear evidence that the plan was collaborative, developed by local and state government representatives, in consultation with federal agencies and other interested parties, 2) the plan identifies and prioritizes areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommends the types and methods of treatment that will protect one or more at-risk communities and essential infrastructure, 3) the plan recommends measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan.

Counties have been giving an unprecedented opportunity to participate in community based forest planning and vegetation treatment project prioritization with the enactment of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act - HFRA of 2003.

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