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Please view a recent newsletter released by the Department of Forestry by following this link:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORFORESTRY/bulletins/32e6b88

Important Information:

SB762 Wildfire Mapping Revised timeline:

  • October through February 2023: Public and stakeholder engagement, outreach and education. Includes wildfire science, risk and mitigation outreach and education, with focus on the most vulnerable areas; identifying opportunities for investments in wildfire prevention; completing building codes and defensible space standards for the most vulnerable communities; compilation and analysis of feedback received; and technical refinements.
  • March 1, 2023: Public rollout of draft wildfire risk map. Draft map shared with the public.
  • March through September 2023: Public outreach, engagement and education on draft wildfire risk map. Includes working with ODF, OSU College of Forestry, local governments, planning departments, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon State Fire Marshal and the state Building Codes Division to review the draft map; public outreach, education and engagement on the draft map and related topics including building codes and defensible space standards; and making any necessary revisions based on feedback received on updated map.
  • October through December 2023: Final wildfire risk map shared with the public for implementation. Includes sharing a final wildfire risk map with the public, initiating a 60-day appeals process and notifying those who are in the most high-risk areas about the steps needed to protect their homes and properties from catastrophic wildfires and how to comply with defensible space standards and building codes

While this particular Open House meeting is past, this flyer is still a good resource with contact information to find out how Harney County's Changing Flood Map may effect you. Please follow this link to view the flyer. Questions, please contact Brandon McMullen, Harney County Planning Director, 541-573-6655, brandon.mcmullen@co.harney.or.us.