Ashland Fire & Rescue is hosting two public meetings to gain input on a proposed Wildfire Hazard Zone (WHZ) expansion. A contractor, landscaper and nursery specific meeting will be held on Monday, September 22. A second meeting for the general public is scheduled for Thursday, September 25. Both meetings will be held at The Grove, 1195 East Main Street in Ashland from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dating back to 1992, Ashland’s existing Wildfire Hazard Zone ensures fire safe building and landscaping measures are in place during construction. To improve public safety, Ashland Fire & Rescue is proposing to expand the WHZ to include the entire city. This would expand the requirement for fire-rated roofing materials, fuel breaks and fire resistant landscaping during new construction or additions
. Lot partitions and subdivisions would also have to meet fire safety standards for vegetation. Safety measures would not apply to existing properties where there is no new construction, additions or lot partitions. Recent wildfires outside the existing WHZ boundary and an analysis done by Ashland Fire & Rescue have prompted the proposal
to increase wildfire safety for residents and property in Ashland.
The purpose of the meeting is to present an overview of the expansion plan, answer questions and receive comments that will guide future development of the ordinance. Maps showing the current and future boundaries will be available for viewing at the meeting. More information is available on the website at www.ashland.or.us/whz
. Citizens are encouraged to comment on the Wildfire Hazard Zone expansion through Open City Hall on the City’s homepage at www.ashland.or.us