Josephine County, OR

 

 

Josephine County
Emergency Management
500 NW 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
em@josephinecounty.gov
541-474-5300

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Josephine County Emergency Management
6/18/2024
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ODF News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2024 Contact: Derek Gasperini, Public Affairs Officer, 971-283-6642 derek.gasperini@oregon.gov State holding open house meetings on wildfire hazard map and community defense programs SALEM, Ore.—After two completed sessions in central and northeast Oregon, the state is reminding communities of four remaining open houses about the state’s new community wildfire risk reduction programs. Next week’s scheduled events are in Central Point and Grants Pass. These events will offer opportunities to learn about new defensible space and home hardening standards, as well as the draft wildfire hazard map. The resource-fair style open houses are being held in the communities that have some of the greatest levels of wildfire hazard within the wildland-urban interface. Each open house will begin with a short presentation and introductions, but visitors may stop in at any point during the event to get questions answered about the draft hazard map and associated community wildfire programs. Representatives from multiple agencies will be present to have one-on-one or small group conversations to help people understand Oregon’s statewide wildfire programs. • Oregon Department of Forestry representatives will address questions on administrative rules and hazard zone assessment appeals. • Oregon State University representatives will address questions on wildfire hazard science, statewide data sources, and updates to the draft hazard map made over the last two years. • Oregon State Fire Marshal representatives will address questions regarding defensible space standards, code adoption process and implementation. • Building Codes Division representatives from the Department of Consumer and Business Services will address questions on home hardening construction standards, related code provisions, and implementation. • Division of Financial Regulation representatives from the Department of Consumer and Business Services will address questions on home insurance market and requirements of insurers under Senate Bill 82 (2023). • Wildfire Programs Advisory Council members will address questions on statewide policy direction for wildfire programs and council business. Meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: • Central Point—Monday, June 17, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Mace Building, 1 Peninger Rd. Central Point, OR 97502 • Grants Pass—Thursday, June 20, Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th St. Grants Pass, OR 97526 • Klamath Falls—Monday, June 24, Klamath County Event Center, Hall #2, 3531 S 6th St. Klamath Falls, OR 97603 • The Dalles—Monday, July 1, Oregon Military Department Armory, 402 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles, OR 9705 Find more information on ODF’s wildfire hazard web page. To subscribe to information related to updates on the statewide wildfire hazard map, visit the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/aboutodf/Pages/email-updates.aspx. Background: The 2021 Legislature passed Senate Bill 762 that required the Oregon Department of Forestry to develop and maintain a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire risk that included wildland-urban interface boundaries and five fire risk classes by June 30, 2022 in collaboration with Oregon State University. After the initial version of the map was rescinded August 4, 2022, ODF and OSU began gathering feedback and incorporating it into future mapping efforts. The 2023 Legislature passed Senate Bill 80 that made several changes to the map including changing the name from a “risk” map to a “hazard” map, reducing the number of hazard classes from five to three, and changing the appeal and notification requirements. Written comment or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 and Senate Bill 80 may be submitted by email at any time to odf.wildfirehazardmap@odf.oregon.gov.
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Josephine County Emergency Management
6/17/2024
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ODF Southwest Oregon District recently spent some time on set with KOBI-TV NBC5 to talk about the start of fire season and what it means. Hear about fire causes, collaboration among Southern Oregon fire agencies and how you can help prevent fires this season.
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Josephine County Emergency Management
6/10/2024
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Josephine County Emergency Management
5/28/2024
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News Release: Bear Camp Road open for public use Chip sealing scheduled & funded by Great American Outdoors Act Medford, Ore—The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest road crew, with support from the Umpqua National Forest road crew, have removed the snow drifts from Bear Camp Road. In coordination with BLM-Medford District opening the Galice access road gates, Bear Camp Road is now open for public use and the recreation/rafting season. Upcoming work on Bear Camp Road in June: The Josephine County Roads Department will be chip sealing Bear Camp Road on the Josephine county side (from Burnt Ridge junction east to the junction of BLM road (MP 12.3). They plan on working the week of June 24th on chip sealing operations. There will be traffic delays up to 20 minutes during construction work. This is the final phase of the Bear Camp Road Great American Outdoors Act funded project. Photos by Michael Holguin
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Josephine County Emergency Management
5/16/2024
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May is Wildfire Awareness Month! Now is the time to make or review your fire plan now so you’re ready during fire season. Answering these questions can be helpful in creating your plan. How will you receive alerts? www.rvem.org/Citizen-Alert" target="_blank">https://www.rvem.org/Citizen-Alert When would you evacuate? https://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 Who and what will you take? Where will you go? How will you get there? What challenges will you face? www.rvem.org/News/family-emergency-preparedness-handbook" target="_blank">https://www.rvem.org/News/family-emergency-preparedness-handbook Be sure to write your plan down, and visit www.rvem.org (Rogue Valley emergency management) for more information.
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Josephine County Emergency Management
5/15/2024
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