New state grant program to help with fire resistance for homes and businesses damaged by 2020 wildfires

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Division of Building Codes announced Monday that it is partnering with eight counties in a grant program to help home and business owners rebuild after the 2020 wildfires in Oregon.

People who own a home – including a manufactured home – or business that has been damaged or destroyed by the 2020 wildfires can receive money for using more fire-resistant methods and materials during reconstruction. Those who have already rebuilt are also eligible.

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

“These upgrades 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. “We hope this program will help people affected by wildfires rebuild more fire-resistant communities.”

The counties involved in the program are Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion. For more information and to apply, go to https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/Pages/firehardening.aspx.

To qualify for the program, a person must own a home or business that was damaged or destroyed in the 2020 Oregon wildfires. See the chart below for a menu of fire-resistance upgrades, including more fire-resistant roofs, siding and windows, which are eligible for a grant. Eligible applicants may receive a grant through their county building department after completing one or more qualifying improvements.

The following upgrades will be incentivized by the program and the stated incentive amounts will be paid to eligible applicants upon completion of qualifying fire-resistance upgrades.

ELEMENT OPTIONS GRANT AMOUNT
roof Class B or Class A $2,200
exterior wall cladding Must be constructed from one of the following: Non-combustible Flame-resistant Heavy wood assembly Log wall assembly $1,750
Ventilation Options: Vents designed to resist intrusion of embers and flames Unvented attic kit $350
Overhangs, overhangs and protrusions Underneath eaves, soffits, overhangs, etc., protected with one of the following: Non-combustible material Ignition resistant material Exterior portion of a one-hour wall assembly 1 coat of sheathing 5/8 inch type X exterior gypsum or equivalent $400
Walking surfaces of porches, balconies and terraces Must be constructed from one of the following: Non-combustible Flame-resistant Fire-retardant treated exterior wood Materials that comply with ASTM E2632 $550
Windows and skylights Protected by one of the following: Tempered glass 20 minute fire rated assembly $550
Baseboards (manufactured houses only) Made from one of the following baseboard materials: Non-combustible Ignition resistant $500
Accessory structures within 50 feet of a residential or commercial building Enhance the structure with both the roofing and exterior wall cladding elements above. Up to two structures are eligible for the grant. $500 per building; $1,000 max

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The Division of Building Codes is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit oregon.gov/bcd and dcbs.oregon.gov.

Ryan H. Bowman