America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Oregon Wildfires

Oregon is one of the leaders in preparing for wildfire risks; it has done more than most states to understand its projected climate change-related wildfire risks, and to begin to plan for them. This is in spite of a wildfire threat level that is modest compared to other states assessed.



For more information on how prepared Oregon is for its growing wildfires threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Oregon taking action?

  • Oregon has taken strong action to prepare for its current wildfire risks through its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan and associated activities, an emergency response plan, technical assistance to develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and a means of providing regular emergency communications during wildfire events
  • The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework covers wildfire, and suggests actions to improve resilience to future risks
  • There is only limited evidence that recommendations from the state’s climate change adaptation plan for wildfire have been implemented

Did you know...

  • In Oregon, there were six and a half times more large wildfires (larger than 1,000 acres) burning each year, on average, over the past decade than in the 1970s
  • The average area burned each year is up nearly 18-fold in the most recent ten-year period, compared to an average year in the 1970s