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1 1 Oregon Department of Forestry History History Fire Policy Fire Policy Organizational Structures and Funding Organizational Structures and Funding Final Thoughts Final Thoughts

2 2 Historical Perspective Western Oregon fires - >700,000 acres Western Oregon fires - >700,000 acres Company fire patrols formed Company fire patrols formed Oregon Fire Laws: Board of Forestry & first State Forester Oregon Fire Laws: Board of Forestry & first State Forester Francis Elliott $60K budget Francis Elliott $60K budget Compulsory Fire Patrol laws Compulsory Fire Patrol laws Mandated forest a protection system and the suppression of all fires Mandated forest a protection system and the suppression of all fires Outlined Landowners responsibility Outlined Landowners responsibility Provide or pay for protection Provide or pay for protection

3 3 ORS Forest Protection Policy (1) The preservation of forests & the conservation of the forest resources through the prevention and the suppression of forest fires hereby are declared to be the public policy of the State of Oregon. (1) The preservation of forests & the conservation of the forest resources through the prevention and the suppression of forest fires hereby are declared to be the public policy of the State of Oregon. (2) (a) The need for a Complete and Coordinated Forest Protection System is acknowledged and the primary mission of the State Forestry Department (2) (a) The need for a Complete and Coordinated Forest Protection System is acknowledged and the primary mission of the State Forestry Department Primary Missions/Priorities: Primary Missions/Priorities: Protection of life Protection of life Protecting forest resources Protecting forest resources Structural protection shall not inhibit forest resource protect ion Structural protection shall not inhibit forest resource protect ion

4 4 ORS Uncontrolled Fire declared nuisance Any fire on any forestland in Oregon burning uncontrolled or without proper action being taken to prevent its spread, not withstanding its origin, is declared a public nuisance by reason of its menace to life, forest resources or property.Any fire on any forestland in Oregon burning uncontrolled or without proper action being taken to prevent its spread, not withstanding its origin, is declared a public nuisance by reason of its menace to life, forest resources or property.

5 5 ORS Duty of owner and operator to abate fire Each owner and operator of forestland on which a fire exists or from which it may have spread, notwithstanding the origin or subsequent spread thereof, shall immediately proceed to control and extinguish such fire when its existence comes to the knowledge of the owner or operator.Each owner and operator of forestland on which a fire exists or from which it may have spread, notwithstanding the origin or subsequent spread thereof, shall immediately proceed to control and extinguish such fire when its existence comes to the knowledge of the owner or operator. The state of Oregon policies are clear: Fires shall be extinguished to limit risks to the public and natural resources. (ORS ) State Law. The state of Oregon policies are clear: Fires shall be extinguished to limit risks to the public and natural resources. (ORS ) State Law.

6 6 Organizational Structure 3 Main Operating Divisions (Fire, State Forest, and Private Forest) 3 Main Operating Divisions (Fire, State Forest, and Private Forest) 12 Forest Protection Districts 12 Forest Protection Districts 3 Operating Associations 3 Operating Associations DFPA, CFPA, Walker RangeDFPA, CFPA, Walker Range Complete & Coordinated SystemComplete & Coordinated System Member of PNWCG Member of PNWCG BLM westside contract: 2.3 million acres BLM westside contract: 2.3 million acres A coordination center linked to field dispatch centers (ODF, interagency centers, and NWCC) A coordination center linked to field dispatch centers (ODF, interagency centers, and NWCC) 3 IMTs all have been through CIMC 3 IMTs all have been through CIMC 3 Fire Cache Support Systems 3 Fire Cache Support Systems

7 7 What is the landscape? Approximately 32 million of acres of forestland Approximately 32 million of acres of forestland ODF protects approximately half (16 million) ODF protects approximately half (16 million) Unique compared to other states in the west. Unique compared to other states in the west. Protection is largely intertwined with hundreds of thousands of miles of boundaries. Protection is largely intertwined with hundreds of thousands of miles of boundaries. Coordination and consideration of other agencies is critical. Coordination and consideration of other agencies is critical.

8 8 How is the System Financed? Based roughly on a partnership between the state and forest landowners (50:50) Based roughly on a partnership between the state and forest landowners (50:50) Clear expectation to limit costs to the state and forestland ownersClear expectation to limit costs to the state and forestland owners annually approx. $40 millionannually approx. $40 million Large fire funding is shared between State General Fund and Landowners (OFLPF) Large fire funding is shared between State General Fund and Landowners (OFLPF) The State of Oregon is unique in that it carries a $25 million private insurance policy The State of Oregon is unique in that it carries a $25 million private insurance policy Annual coverage for large fires is $50 million above the base level of protectionAnnual coverage for large fires is $50 million above the base level of protection State General Fund also has severity funding via ORS This funds contracted helicopters and ATs State General Fund also has severity funding via ORS This funds contracted helicopters and ATs

9 9 Take-home messages Due to funding structures, missions, state laws, and ODFs relationships with our landowners… Due to funding structures, missions, state laws, and ODFs relationships with our landowners… ODF will continue to be engaged with fires on our protection and also fires and management decisions of other landowners ODF will continue to be engaged with fires on our protection and also fires and management decisions of other landowners ODF is the private fire department and voice for forest landowners - ODF is the private fire department and voice for forest landowners - We are their only protection insurance policy Think in terms of your own home and the role of local city or rural fire department Think in terms of your own home and the role of local city or rural fire department ODF strives to limit damage or loss of resources on lands we protect ODF strives to limit damage or loss of resources on lands we protect

10 10 Take-home messages ODF operators a complete and coordinate protection system funded from limited sources ODF operators a complete and coordinate protection system funded from limited sources ODFs answer : Adequately fund the system to suppress fires at the smallest possible size and limit risk to resources and our firefighters. ODFs answer : Adequately fund the system to suppress fires at the smallest possible size and limit risk to resources and our firefighters. Fully understand the need to treat fuels, reduce risks and restore ecosystems. Fully understand the need to treat fuels, reduce risks and restore ecosystems. Likely differences occur in timing and methods Likely differences occur in timing and methods We firmly believe in a good neighbor policy. We firmly believe in a good neighbor policy. Up-front, clear communication Up-front, clear communication Management decisions should not impact neighbors Management decisions should not impact neighbors Good relationships are critical Good relationships are critical

11 11 The Future and Considerations The key to everyones success: Maintain tools and funding to manage forests and restore ecosystems. The key to everyones success: Maintain tools and funding to manage forests and restore ecosystems. Risks- Risks- Unclear objectives that are not well understood by the public and policymakersUnclear objectives that are not well understood by the public and policymakers Public and firefighter safety concernsPublic and firefighter safety concerns Transferring of risks to other agencies and entitiesTransferring of risks to other agencies and entities Transferring costs to othersTransferring costs to others Decisions that put entities in places where support cannot be given - a united voice is always betterDecisions that put entities in places where support cannot be given - a united voice is always better Smoke impactsSmoke impacts Social LicenseSocial License

12 12 Keys Public understanding and clarity around mission, goals and objectives (sound bites) Public understanding and clarity around mission, goals and objectives (sound bites) Internal and External understanding and relationships Internal and External understanding and relationships Communication Communication Coordination of Decision Making Coordination of Decision Making Ultimately- the Social License to manage and protect public and private resources Ultimately- the Social License to manage and protect public and private resources

13 13 Input and thoughts How do we resolve or work within federal objectives and policies and state mandates and laws? How do we resolve or work within federal objectives and policies and state mandates and laws? How do actions of each agency impact objectives and laws? How do actions of each agency impact objectives and laws? How do agencies limit transferring risk and costs due to management decisions all while meeting objectives? How do agencies limit transferring risk and costs due to management decisions all while meeting objectives? What does being a good neighbor mean to folks in the room? What does being a good neighbor mean to folks in the room? How do we collectively as decision makers maintain and enhance the social license management concept? How do we collectively as decision makers maintain and enhance the social license management concept?


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