Lane County Firewise Incentive Program  




Thank you for your interest in the Lane County Firewise Incentive Program.
 
Details regarding the 2014 grant application cycle will be posted on our website on April 25.  Please check back at that time.

 




Check on your Firewise Grant's current Status (click here)

NOTE: If you submitted your grant application between May 6th-May 10th, you will be receiving a letter in the mail within a couple weeks. The letter will give you a grant file number and inform you of your status.

Tip: Search under Planning


We are not currently accepting grant applications . However, if you would like to learn more about simple and low-cost actions that you can take to make your home more resilient to wildfire, please give us a call at the number listed below. Our trained staff are available to share information at any time.

The grant funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

-Lane County Firewise Incentive Program Staff  
Land Management Division
Lane County Customer Service Center
3050 N. Delta Hwy
Eugene, Oregon 97408
FirewiseProgram@co.lane.or.us
541-682-6522
541-682-3947 (fax)

Program Overview:

Lane County offeres financial grants to residents who are interested in making landscaping or structural improvements to their properties, which can increase the survivability of their home in the event of a wildfire.

Residents now have the opportunity to apply for thousands of dollars in financial assistance to replace roofs, siding, windows and doors with fire-resistant building materials and to make “Firewise” improvements to their landscaping.To qualify for financial assistance you must own a home in rural Lane County that is at risk to wildfire –that’s it!

This program is administered by the Lane County Land Management Division's Long Range Planning and Building programs, with funding provided through Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program - Section 601 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.


Incentives available:

 Improvement

Firewise Standards 

Available Grant Funding*** 

 Defensible Space Development

Brush clearing and limbing of trees within a 30'-100' buffer around the home, removal of hazardous vegetation, needles, leaves and other potential ladder fuels. 

 $500 up to $2000 when site conditions may require a larger defensible space

 Driveway Access

Removal of brush and overhanging vegetation along the driveway to provide adequate and safe access for emergency vehicles (12’ wide and 14’ high). 

 $200**

 Fire Resistant Plants and Landscaping Materials

Planting of fire-resistant vegetation within the defensible space of the home and placement of fire resistant materials (such as stone or decorative gravel) adjacent to the dwelling 

 $300 per home**

 Defensible Space Irrigation System

 Installation of an irrigation system within the defensible space of the home.

 25% of the cost of the system (including labor) - not to exceed $500**

 Water Catchment Tank

 Water-Catchment Storage Tank(s) supplying water to a Defensible Space Irrigation System (maximum individual tank size not to exceed 5,000 gallons).

80% of construction cost up to $2,500** 

 Roof Covering

 Wood Shake Roofs shall be replaced with a Class A roof covering or a Class A roof assembly. Class A roofing includes: asphalt shingles, slate or clay tile, metal, cement and concrete products, or terra-cotta tiles.

 80% of construction cost up to $4,000** 

 Noncombustible Exterior Siding

Exterior siding for dwellings shall be made of noncombustible materials. 

 80% of construction cost up to $4000**

 Fire Resistant Windows, Skylights and Other Exterior Glass Applications

Exterior windows, window walls and glazed doors, windows within exterior doors, and skylights shall be tempered glass, multilayered glazed panels, glass block, or have fire protection rating of not less than 20 minutes. 

 80% of construction cost up to $1500**

 Exterior Doors

 Exterior doors shall be approved non-combustible construction, solid core wood not less than 1 ¾ inches thick (45 mm), or have a fire protection rating of not less than 20 minutes.  Windows within doors and glazed doors shall be in accordance with the exterior glazing category, above.

 80% of construction cost up to $300**

 Spark Arrestor

 Chimneys serving fireplaces, barbecues, incinerators or decorative heating appliances in which solid or liquid fuel is used shall be provided with a spark arrestor constructed of woven or welded wire screening of 12 USA standard gage wire having openings not to exceed ½ inch.

 up to $100**

 Vent Protection

 Attic ventilation openings, foundation or underfloor vents, or other ventilation openings in vertical exterior walls and vents through roofs shall not exceed 144 square inches (0.0929 m2) each.  Such vents shall be covered with non-combustible corrosion-resistant mesh with openings not to exceed ¼ inch (6.4 mm).

 up to $100**

** To receive funding for these improvements, a defensible space around the home is required. Staff will discuss this requirement with the property owner during the site visit.

*** Funding is provided to help cover work conducted by a licensed contractor or landscaper and to assist with materials costs. Funding is not provided to reimburse homeowners for their labor costs.


Interested? Here's how it works:

1.   Fill out a short Firewise Grant Improvement Application and submit it to the Lane County Land Management Division.

2.  Staff will contact you to schedule a property risk assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to determine what improvements you may qualify for and to discuss measures you can take to reduce your vulnerability to wildfire.

3.  After your property has been assessed you will receive a preliminary financial award agreement from the County. Sign and return the agreement.

4.  Carry out the agreed upon improvements to your home and landscaping within a specified timeline (generally 6 months). Please Note: All work reimbursable by the county must be completed by a licensed contractor or professional landscaper.

5.  Submit a reimbursement request form along with copies of your contractor receipts. Staff will re-visit your home to verify the work has been completed to the agreed upon standards.

6.  Once Staff has verified that the work has been satisfactorily completed Lane County will issue you a reimbursement check.  - Please be aware: it may take 45-60 days to issue you a check due to county accounting practices


Forms:

Firewise Application Form - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE; SEE INFORMATION AT TOP OF PAGE (FIGA-F-1)

Reimbursement Request Form, (Exhibit B)  (FRR-F2)


Guides & Checklists:

Fire Resistant Plant Guide 

Highly Flammable Plant List

Less Flammable Plant List

Firewise Construction Checklist

Firewise Tips for Around Your House


Additional Information:

Program Brochure 
      
Insert to Brochure

Press Release (5/7/2012)

Adopted Program Policies (Lane Manual)

Map of Program Coverage Areas

Landscapers & Contractor's contact list  - Please note: Lane County does not endorse any of the businesses or individuals on this list. If you are a licensed landscaper, arborist or forester and would like to be added to this list, please contact us at (541) 682-6522.
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CCB License Check 
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LCB License Check


Frequently Asked Questions 

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