Input sought for Community Wildfire Protection Plan update

Input sought for Community Wildfire Protection Plan update
Posted on 07/11/2019

Do you live in or near a forested area? Are you concerned about the growing risk of wildfire? Do you want a voice in decisions addressing wildfire risk? Lane County and its partners want to hear from you. Lane County, Oregon Department of Forestry and other partners are updating the community wildfire protection plan to better reflect communities and resources at risk of wildfire.


The electronic survey aims to gather residents’ perceptions of wildfire risk, what type of help is needed and ways to fund the work. Lane County residents in the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to take the survey at:




Results from the survey will help local officials better prioritize where to put scarce resources. The existing community wildfire protection plan was first developed in 2005. That plan identified which places were most at risk for wildfire and helped direct grants and community-funded fuel reduction projects to lower wildfire risk around homes and property.


“We continue to experience hotter, drier and longer fire seasons across much of the Pacific Northwest,” said Lane County Emergency Manager Patence Winningham. “Most of Lane County is forested. The updated plan will prioritize where work to reduce wildfire risk should occur and survey responses will help us understand how to get the most bang for our buck.”


The survey will be available through July and August. Residents living in the wildland-urban interface (typically in unincorporated Lane County) are encouraged to respond to the online survey. Printed copies of the survey are available by contacting Lane County Emergency Management at 541-682-6999.


An updated CWPP is a requirement for receiving federal funds to reduce wildfire risk. A collaborative partnership among Lane County Emergency Management, Lane County Land Management Division, Oregon Department of Forestry, Lane County Fire Defense Board, Oregon State University Extension Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service is working together to update the plan. Learn more at