Common Fire Terms & Definitions

Senate Bill 360

The Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act, often referred to as Senate Bill 360, enlists the aid of property owners toward the goal of turning fire-vulnerable urban and suburban properties into less-volatile zones where firefighters may more safely and effectively defend homes from wildfires. Visit Senate Bill 360 for the full text.

 

FireFree

A local event planned by Project Wildfire to provide an easy and cost effective way for homeowners to dispose of their yard debris created by preparing for fire season.

 

Firewise 

National recognition program that allows for a process to empower neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. For more information on Firewise visit Firewise.org

 

Fire Adapted Communities (FAC)

A fire adapted community acknowledges and takes responsibility for its wildfire risk, and implements appropriate actions at all levels. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets. Every community has a unique set of circumstances and capacities, so the kinds of actions they take will vary. Further, there is no end-point in becoming a fire adapted community. Sustaining, growing and adapting strategies, partnerships and capacity through time are key. Visit Fire Adapted Communities for more information. 

 

Wildland Fire Terms

For a full list of wildland fire terms and definitions visit Fire Term Glossary.

 

Fire Weather Terms

Red Flag Warning

Critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

 

Fire Weather Watch

Critical fire weather conditions are forecasted to occur in the next 72 hours. Listen to later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.