Project Wildfire is the result of a Deschutes County effort to create long-term wildfire mitigation strategies and provide for a disaster-resistant community. Created by Deschutes County Ordinance 8.24.010, Project Wildfire is the community organization that facilitates, educates, disseminates and maximizes community efforts toward effective fire planning and mitigation.
Our mission is to prevent deaths, injuries, property loss and environmental damage resulting from wildfires. We achieve this by building partnerships, sharing resources and eliminating redundancies. We often succeed where individuals and solo agencies cannot.
Many of our goals are achieved by: Developing long-term wildfire prevention and education strategies designed to reach an ever-changing community. Creating disaster-resistant communities through collaboration with community members and a network of specialized partners. Reducing the severity and amount of damage caused by wildfire in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas through hazardous fuels reduction programs. Reducing the impact of fuels reduction on the environment by recycling the woody biomass resulting from hazardous fuels reduction projects.
Project Wildfire is a national leader and model for wildfire mitigation and community partnerships. Project Wildfire, through an agreement with the CDC Foundation with financial support provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), developed a toolkit for communities who are interested in using the Project Wildfire model. For the full download, click on the photo below.