Firewise

Program Overview
Lane County offers financial grants to residents who are interested in making landscaping or structural improvements to their properties in order to help increase the survivability of their homes in the event of a wildfire. To qualify for financial assistance you just need to own a home in rural Lane County that is at risk to wildfire - that's it! Up to $15,500 is available for qualifying properties. The grant incentives are based on current wildfire research that help your home greatly reduce its chance of catching during a wildfire. 

The Firewise Grant 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. 

The Firewise Program is currently not accepting new applications. The 2020 Firewise Grant cycle is projected to open in early fall 2020 pending physical distancing measures with COVID-19. This website will be updated with projected opening dates as well as the application link once the 2020 Firewise Grant season opens. If you'd like to be added to our growing email notification list, please email firewiseprogram@lanecountyor.gov with your contact information. 

Grants are awarded on a first time first served basis, with priority given to first time applicants. Homeowners can submit a maximum of two properties per grant cycle year for funding. Homeowners are eligible to apply for multiple rounds of reimbursement so long as the Defensible Space criteria is maintained in perpetuity. For example, if all vegetation was removed from a 2-foot radius of the house during the first round, there should be no vegetation in the 2-foot radius of the house in any future reimbursement periods. The Firewise Grant program will not provide funding for the same Defensible Space work that has already received funding, even if the vegetation has grown since that time. 

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 AVAILABLE 

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

Landscaper & Contractor Information

Landscaper & Contractor 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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For more information contact: 

Lane County Firewise Incentive Program

Lane County Public Works Department: Land Management Division
Customer Service Center: 3050 N Delta Hwy, Eugene, OR 97408
Phone: 541-682-6522
Email: FirewiseProgram@LaneCountyOR.gov


 Additional Resources:

Firewise Communities

Home Builders Association of Lane County


McKenzie/Holiday Farm Fire Information -

Non-emergency call center at 541-682-3977

www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire