Reconstruction grants available for Oregonians affected by the 2020 fires


People rebuilding homes and businesses after the 2020 Labor Day fires, including the Holiday Farm Fire and Santiam Canyon fires, can now apply for grants to encourage the use of weather-resistant building materials. fire.

Lane, Marion and six other counties have partnered with the Oregon Division of Building Codes to launch a grant program to help rebuild fire-resistant homes and businesses in the wake of the Labor Day fires of 2020. Grants are available to build individual pieces of structures, such as roofs and walls, from materials designed to better withstand future wildfires.

People who have already rebuilt their homes and businesses are also eligible, according to a press release.

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Fire-resistant construction activities include the use of cladding and roofing materials that resist ignition during a wildfire, the installation of fire-resistant windows to protect the opening, and the use of attic ventilation devices to reduce ember intrusion.

“These improvements are particularly effective in preventing the ignition of embers, which can travel great distances from wildfires,” said Alana Cox, administrator of the Oregon Building Codes Division, in a press release. . “We hope this program will help people affected by wildfires rebuild more fire-resistant communities.”

To qualify for the program, a person must own a home or business that was damaged or destroyed in the 2020 Oregon wildfires. After qualifying improvements are made, applicants can receive the money through the county.

The program’s menu of fire resistance upgrades includes:

  • Roof: Class B or Class A ⁠— $2,200
  • Exterior wall covering: Must be constructed from noncombustible/flame resistant heavy wood assembly or log wall assembly ⁠—$1,750
  • Ventilation: Vents designed to resist ember and flame intrusion or an unvented attic assembly ⁠—$350
  • Overhangs, overhangs and overhangs: Under eaves, soffits, overhangs, etc. protected by non-combustible material/flame resistant material; exterior part of a one-hour wall assembly; 1 coat of 5/8-inch type X exterior gypsum sheathing or equivalent ⁠—$400
  • Walking surfaces of porches, balconies and terraces: Must be constructed from non-combustible/ignition-resistant fire-retardant treated exterior lumber or materials that meet certain fire-resistance standards ⁠—$550
  • Windows and skylights: Protected by tempered glass or fire resistant assembly 20 minutes ⁠— $550
  • Baseboards (manufactured houses only): Made from non-combustible/flame resistant materials ⁠—$500

To learn more and apply, visit https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/Pages/firehardening.aspx.

Lane County applicants will be directed to an application form, which can be submitted in person to Marianne Nolte, Lane County Permit Navigator. Learn more about the application process at McKenzieRebuilds.org.

The Holiday Farm Fire burning on the banks of the McKenzie River near Leaburg Dam.
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