Results and Accomplishments
Along with strong parternships, the Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan has resulted in numerous on-the-ground succeses.
Using maps to identify cumulative risks occurring in the landscape, the risk assessment identifies Communities-at-Risk and the Wildland-Urban Interface by taking into account a combination of factors including:
Risk - potential and frequency for wildfire ignitions based on past occurrences;
Hazards – Ecological conditions that contribute to wildfire including fuels, slope, aspect, elevation and weather;
Values - locations of people, property, natural and other resources that could suffer losses in a wildfire event;
Protection Capability - ability to respond to and suppress wildland and structural fires;
Structural Vulnerability – roof type and building materials, access to the structure and whether or not there is defensible space or fuels reduction around the structure.
Based on the locations of the Communities-at-Risk identified through this process, strategic planning units based on watersheds were designated to create a preliminary list of fuels treatment projects. Parameters for prioritizing projects are established and listed in the JCIFP. Projects were then prioritized to address the risk equitably across the landscape.
The JCIFP identified and prioritized local fuels reduction projects and helped secure funding through the National Fire Plan to implement over 250 acres of defensible space, roads and evacuation routes and landscape treatment on private land in 2004 and 2005. These projects have also resulted in priority fuels treatment projects on adjacent public land.
Education and Outreach
The JCIFP includes a detailed framework for developing a complex education and outreach program. The program takes brings together local and regional partners, including the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative (RVFPC), which unites agencies involved in fire prevention, as well as the Siskiyou Field Institute which is engaged in educational programs about fuels reduction and fire. The JCIFP Education and Outreach Committee worked with the RVFPC to design a new logo promoting wildfire preparedness in Josephine County and neighboring Jackson County. In 2005, the committee is launching a campaign called, "Wildfire: Are You Prepared?" using flyers, logos and posters, developing in-school programs and coordinating mobile displays to present fire plan information at community events and fairs throughout Josephine County. The committee has also created a recognition program in Josephine and Jackson Counties for homes that meet the counties’ standards for wildfire safety. The Applegator Newspaper in Applegate Valley has been providing special semi-annual fire issues for several years. The Education Committee will coordinate with the Applegator to bring this same information to the entire county.
Other outreach activities include maintaining resource clearinghouses at libraries, rural fire protection districts and video stores, and coordinating a free dump days at Josephine County Composting Facility in April 2005.