Senate Bill 360
The fire protection needs of the Wild-land Urban Interface must be satisfied if we are to meet the basic policy of the protection of human life, natural resources and personal property. This protection must be provided in an efficient and effective manner, and in a cooperative partnership approach between property owners, local citizens, government leaders and fire protection agencies.
Senate Bill 360 establishes the policy and framework for meeting this need in Oregon today and in the future. The Bill provides four important steps to lead us to a more effective Interface protection system, including:
- Establishment of legislative policy regarding Interface fire protection
- Defining the Interface in Oregon and establishing a process and system for classification of the Interface
- Establishment of standards for Interface property owners in order to manage or minimize fire hazards and risks and
- Providing the means for establishing adequate, integrated fire protection systems in Interface areas, including education and prevention efforts.
We know that structures and people represent fire hazards and risks which when added to Oregon’s forestland fire environment mean greater threat to human life and significant or catastrophic damage to property and resources. In Oregon today, it is not a question of ‘if another Interface fire will occur’, but rather a question of when and where it will occur, and how devastating it will be. Homeowners, forest property owners, local and state decision makers and fire service professionals all have a stake in how that question is answered, and all have a role to play in developing the successful answers together. Senate Bill 360 provides the opportunity to work together to be successful with fire issues in the Interface.