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Wildfire Risk

Wildfire Risk

Wildfire is a key ecological process that shapes and maintains our forests and rangelands. Wildfire risk is the potential for a wildfire to adversely affect the human and natural environment.

Make wildfire risk maps and reports for your home, county, or watershed. This tool directly serves homeowners and community leaders and is designed to educate users about the wildfire risk surrounding their homes and communities and their local wildfire prevention resources.
Access a comprehensive collection of wildfire data and make custom maps with this tool. The advanced map viewer directly serves wildfire professionals and planners to inform updates to Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (NHMP).

Learn how you can make your home and property fire-safe with this 5 minute video.  Access the many resources available to protect yourself from the threat of wildfire and other hazards. Find out about the current fire situation in Oregon.

Articles & Stories

Large forest fires in the past have produced high density, large scale smoke events that affect air...
Keeping Current with Risk AssessmentWildfire risk factors are complex and dynamic. Filling data...
What kinds of local community information would improve the statewide assessment the most?...
The peculiar nature of fire is that it is both natural and cultural.  -- Steven Pyne Fire...
Fire Safe LandscapingHomeowners typically landscape their properties with a variety of...

Maps and Tools

This U.S. Forest Service portal contains several mapping and reporting application that address... more

Data Collections

The Oregon Department of Forestry Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assist in the stewardship... more

About This Topic

Development of the Oregon Explorer Wildfire Risk site results from a long-term collaboration among:

OSU Libraries and Press: OSU Libraries and Press engages with the OSU community and the people of Oregon in their pursuit of knowledge. The OSULP partnership with the Institute for Natural Resources supports delivery of information and services related to the protection and management of Oregon's vitally important natural resources through the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library.

Institute for Natural Resources: The Institute for Natural Resources provides Oregonians with ready access to current, relevant science-based information, methods, and tools for better understanding natural resource management challenges and developing solutions. INR co-manages the Oregon Explorer with OSULP.

Oregon Department of Forestry: The mission of the Oregon Department of Forestry is to, "serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability."

Funding for Phase 1 development of the Wildfire Risk Explorer was provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

Funding for Phase 2 development of the Oregon Explorer Wildfire Risk site and associated tools was provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and the Council of Western State Foresters.

In-kind support provided by OSU Libraries and Press and the Institute for Natural Resources.