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News Release from Lane Co. Government
Posted on FlashAlert: March 21st, 2022 8:30 AM

Lane County is partnering with the Oregon Building Codes Division to launch a grant program to help owners of homes and businesses rebuild after the 2020 Oregon wildfires.


People who own a home – including a manufactured home – or business that was damaged or destroyed by the 2020 wildfires can receive money for using more fire-resistant methods and materials when they rebuild. Those who have already rebuilt also qualify.


Fire hardening is an important tool to help make homes more resistant to fire. Fire hardening includes actions that make a home or business more resistant to damage from a wildfire, such as using materials for siding and roofing that resist ignition during a wildfire, installing fire-resistant windows to protect openings, or using attic ventilation devices that help reduce ember intrusion.


“These improvements are particularly effective at preventing ignition from embers, which can travel great distances from wildfires,” said Alana Cox, administrator of the Oregon Building Codes Division “We hope this program will help people affected by the wildfires build back 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. There is a menu of fire hardening improvements, including more fire-resistant roofs, siding and windows that qualify for grant money (see table below). Once one or more qualifying improvements have been completed, an eligible applicant can receive grant money through the Lane County Land Management Division.


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 Permit Navigator Marianne Nolte. Find more about the application process at McKenzieRebuilds.org 


The following improvements will be incentivized by the program and the listed incentive amounts will be disbursed to eligible applicants once they complete qualifying fire hardening improvements.


Roofing Class B or Class A $2,200
External wall covering Must be constructed from one of the following:



Heavy timber assembly

Log wall assembly

Ventilation Options:

Vents designed to resist ember and flame intrusion

Unvented attic assembly

Overhangs, cantilevers, and projections Underside of eaves, soffits, cantilevers, etc., protected by one of the following:

Noncombustible material

Ignition-resistant material

Exterior portion of 1-hour wall assembly

1 layer of 5 /8-inch Type X exterior gypsum sheathing or equivalent

Walking surfaces of porches, balconies, and decks Must be constructed from one of the following:


Ignition resistant

Exterior fire-retardant treated wood

Materials meeting ASTM E2632

Windows and skylights Protected by one of the following:

Tempered glass

20-minute fire-resistance-rated assembly

Skirting (manufactured homes only) Made from one of the following skirting materials:


Ignition resistant

Accessory structures within 50 feet of a residential or commercial building Improve the structure with both the roofing and the exterior wall covering elements above.


Up to two structures are eligible for the grant.

$500 per structure; $1,000 maximum



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