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Building Wildfire Resilience

Building Wildfire Resiliency in a Wilderness Study Area

The southwestern flanks of the Pueblo Mountains are of high ecological value and are a designated Wilderness Study Area. It's this region, that through the collaborative process, partners determined steps to take to increase the wildfire resiliency of this landscape. Watch the video below to learn more about this project.

Building Wildfire Resiliency on a Vast Landscape with a Mix of Private and Agency Ownership.

Building from the work in the Pueblo Mountains the collaborative is also working in a landscape in the Stinkingwater Mountains. The Stinkingwater Mountains Restoration & Fire Resilience Project is vast encompassing 312,000 acres close to Burns and Crane and includes a mix of private land and Bureau of Land Management acreage. On this vast landscape HCWC is working to coordinate actions among the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service and private landowners to improve the wildfire resiliency of this landscape. Check out this fact sheet about this project and for more information there are several articles on this collaborative's Resources page.

A Boost to Building Wildfire Resiliency

February of 2022 wildfire resiliency in southeast Oregon got a boost with an investment of $5 million from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Senate Bill 762 for a project the partners defined as the Southeast Oregon Wildfire Resiliency Project. This project compliments work already happening through the Stinkingwater Mountains Restoration & Fire Resilience Project and according to Autumn Muir who coordinates the Stinkingwater subcommittee of the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative shared: "This funding increases the scale of work that can happen to help the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative partners reach a goal of building a wildfire resilient landscape. Just as wildfire knows no boundaries this work is impacting public, private and tribal lands while feeding the economies of small frontier communities in southeast Oregon."

Elevating The Value Of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

HCWC has worked hard over the years to build strong relationships between collaborative partners, allowing the group to more effectively address suppression of large wildfires. One example, partners saw the importance of greater cohesion between the different agencies responsible for fighting fires, and specifically identified the need to increase Rangeland Fire Protection Associations’ (RFPA) involvement in the fire management process in Harney County. As a direct result of the wildfire collaborative, a RFPA liaison position was created within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone. This position works directly with the RFPAs to meet training and equipment needs, as well as engaging overhead teams during large fires. The 2019 fire season proved a model example for how collaborative efforts enable seamless coordination thanks to the relationships built and work that is put in before the fire season begins. Read this downloadable article, Cooperative Partnerships Highlight The 2019 Fire Season, which can be found on the HCWC Resources page.

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