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Oregon Defensible Space Code Development Committee Meeting - 05/13/22

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Defensible Space Code Development Committee will hold a virtual meeting starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022. The committee will continue reviewing Sections 603 and 604 of the International Wildland Urban Interface Code to develop draft language. To access the agenda and meeting link, please visit the Oregon Defensible Space Code page and see the virtual meeting links for the Committee meeting.  

Written comments or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 may be submitted by email at any time to 762@osp.oregon.gov">SB762@osp.oregon.gov or submitted via the Public Comment Submission Form. Written comments can be submitted before or up to 5 pm on May 17th. In addition, all upcoming Committee meetings have an opportunity for public input.

If you are a media member interested in attending the meeting, please connect with the OSFM’s Public Affairs Office by email at egonsfm@osp.oregon.gov.">oregonsfm@osp.oregon.gov. To receive meeting reminders and agendas and sign up for the defensible space code process, please email 762@osp.oregon.gov">SB762@osp.oregon.gov.

Background: Senate Bill 762 was passed by the 2021 Legislature and signed by Governor Brown, requiring the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to establish a minimum defensible space requirement for lands in areas identified on the statewide map of wildfire risk in the categories of High and Extreme. The requirements shall be consistent with and not exceed the standards pertaining only to defensible space outlined in the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code published by the International Code Council. The standards pertaining only to defensible space are outlined in sections 603 and 604 of the code. 

Meeting Recording: A post-meeting recording will be posted on the Oregon Defensible Space Code webpage, which can be accessed at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/pages/oregon-defensible-space-code.aspx.

 

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Oregon Fire Code Advisory Board Schedules meeting discuss Oregon Fire Code Chapters - 05/02/22

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Fire Code Advisory Board (OFCAB) will hold a regular scheduled virtual meeting starting at 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 5th, 2022. Please visit Oregon Fire Code Advisory Board and see the virtual meeting links for the OFCAB meeting to access the meeting. A post-meeting recording will be posted on the OFCAB webpage

Written comments may be submitted by email at any time to OSFM.OFC@osp.oregon.gov or submitted via the Public Comment Submission Form. Written comments can be submitted before or up to noon on May 4th. In addition, all meetings will provide an opportunity for public input. If you are a media member interested in attending the meeting, please connect with the OSFM’s Public Affairs Office by email at egonsfm@osp.oregon.gov.">oregonsfm@osp.oregon.gov

Background: The current 2022 Oregon Fire Code review and adoption process are underway, which will be based off the 2021 International Fire Code (IFC). The Oregon fire code serves as the Oregon fire service's manual to protect the public and all residents from the hazards of fire, explosions, or dangerous conditions in buildings and other facilities.

The Oregon Code Advisory Board recommends Oregon Fire Code issues to the State Fire Marshal. This includes reviewing and providing recommendations on the adoption of the Oregon Fire Code and the Oregon Defensible Space Code. In addition, they provide advice and guidance on code enforcement issues, regional disputes, policies, and emerging topics that affect the fire protection and life safety of Oregonians.

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Oregonians urged to create defensible space to be better prepared for wildfire - 05/02/22

SALEM, Ore. – With much of Oregon seeing another year of continued drought and the wildfire outlook for this summer very concerning, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal would like to remind Oregonians of the importance of defensible space around their home and property. 

Good defensible space can not only prevent embers from igniting your home, but it can also prevent flames from reaching your home altogether. You can protect your home and community from wildfire with some simple steps. 

A key to good defensible space is to keep it defined, keep grass and weeds cut low and always be prepared to respond to wildfire. With this in mind, the Office of State Fire Marshal urges you to look around your property. Look for areas where glowing embers could ignite spot fires and vulnerable areas like decks, patios, and fences that can spread flames to your home. The most significant risk of buildings catching on fire during a wildfire is the advancing ember shower that can reach your property long before an actual flame front. 

“Wildfire safety starts with all of us and our property. Now is a good time to take action to prepare our homes, families, and communities for wildfires by starting on our property before there is smoke on the horizon,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. 

To address the risk of wildfire, the Office of State Fire Marshal recommends the following steps people can take right now to help protect themselves against the upcoming fire season: 

  • Clear roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles that could catch embers
  • Ensure your roof is in good repair
  • Move any flammable material away from exterior walls, i.e., mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches
  • Give your home a non-combustible area where a fire in the landscape can’t reach your home
  • Keep lawns and native grasses mowed during high fire danger conditions.
  • Remove ladder fuels (vegetation under trees) so a surface fire cannot reach the crowns.

While defensible space at the individual home offers protection, communities can be better protected when every home in the area creates defensible space. This significantly increases the chances that more homes will survive a wildfire event. 

“By taking a neighborhood approach to defensible space and community preparedness, you also protect our firefighters,” Ruiz-Temple said. “Ultimately, individuals taking the right steps on their property before fire season will make firefighters safer and more effective.”

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OSFM to host weekly webinars in May on wildfire preparedness (Photo) - 04/29/22

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is excited to announce that it will host a series of webinars in May to help prepare Oregonians for wildfire.

The OSFM has brought in experts in their fields to speak. The webinars will focus on insurance preparedness, how homes really ignite during wildfire and what can be done to better protect the home; a look at Oregon’s evacuation levels and what they mean, and what fire-resistant plants Oregonians can use in their defensible space plan.

These webinars continue a series that is part of the OSFM’s Fire Adapted Oregon initiative.

Those wishing to attend any of the webinars can register through Eventbrite at the links below. 

May 3rd, 2022: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Insurance Preparedness 

May 12th, 2022: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Home Ignition: How to protect your home

May 19th, 2022: 12:00 p.m. (noon) – 1:00 p.m. Be Ready, Be Set, GO!: Oregon's evacuation levels and what they mean

May 24th, 2022: 12:00 p.m. (noon) – 1:00 p.m. Fire Resistant Plants: What are they?

The OSFM would like to thank its partners who have helped make these educational webinars possible and our presenters who will be sharing their expertise.

We look forward to hosting these webinars in May as we all work to be better prepared for wildfire.

Oregon Defensible Space Code Committee to meet - 04/26/22

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Defensible Space Code Committee will hold a virtual meeting starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022. The committee will begin the process of reviewing Sections 603 and 604 of the International Wildland Urban Interface Code to develop draft language. To access the agenda and meeting link, please visit Oregon Defensible Space Code Committee page and see the virtual meeting links for the Committee meeting.  

Written comments or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 may be submitted by email at any time to 762@osp.oregon.gov">SB762@osp.oregon.gov or submitted via the Public Comment Submission Form. Written comments can be submitted before or up to 8 am on April 27th. In addition, all upcoming Committee meetings have an opportunity for public input.

If you are a media member interested in attending the meeting, please connect with the OSFM’s Public Affairs Office by email at egonsfm@osp.oregon.gov.">oregonsfm@osp.oregon.gov. To receive meeting reminders and agendas and sign up for the defensible space code process, please email 762@osp.oregon.gov">SB762@osp.oregon.gov.

Background: Senate Bill 762 was passed by the 2021 Legislature and signed by Governor Brown, requiring the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to establish a minimum defensible space requirement for lands in areas identified on the statewide map of wildfire risk. The requirements shall be consistent with and not exceed the standards pertaining only to defensible space outlined in the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code published by the International Code Council. The standards pertaining only to defensible space are outlined in sections 603 and 604 of the code. 

Meeting Recording: A post-meeting recording will be posted on the Oregon Defensible Space Code webpage, which can be accessed at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/pages/oregon-defensible-space-code.aspx.