Do you live in Oregon’s wildland-urban interface?

Portland, Ore (Coin) – Oregon residents have a new state map showing the risk of property damage by wildfires.

The Durland-City interface and statewide wildfire map released live on Thursday is a colorful illustration of wildfires for all of Oregon’s 1.8 million tax bills.

The map was developed by Oregon State University. Each tax fire is based on administrative regulations approved by the Oregon Forest Board. The rules are set by the committee and list the boundaries for the wild land-city interface, how each property is classified into a hazard class, how property owners in the most severe and most vulnerable areas know their situation, and how the property can be identified.

Based on the rules, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State University have determined 4.4% of the state’s land, totaling 956,496 tax bills, in a wild-city interface.

Oregon Wild-City Interface Map
Oregon Wild-City Interface Map (from the Oregon Department of Forestry)

8% (120,276) of Oregon’s tax returns are in the wild land-city interface and at high or extreme risk.

The established Wild-Land-City interface rules require property owners in high-risk areas to create defensive spaces or meet building code requirements on their property.

Of the 120,276 tax loopholes in the Wild Land-City interface, the state estimates that 80,000 have a structure that may require changes to meet new codes or standards.

The Oregon Department of Forest says it plans to issue a written notice to all property owners who have decided to be in high-risk areas. The notice tells them to create more defensive space or make changes to their buildings. They also tell them how to appeal their property risk category.

The Oregon Forest Department plans to hold additional information sessions to answer further questions about the function and purpose of the map and to help Oregon residents understand the appeal process.

Creating the map was a collaborative effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University.

The map is the result of 762 of the 2021 Senate Act. The law provides more than $ 220 million for statewide fire preparedness.

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