YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED ON NEIGHBORHOOD FIRE PREVENTION EFFORTS





Dear homeowners and residents,


With fire season upon us, we continue to look at ways in which we can ensure the neighborhood stays a safe and beautiful place to live. While we’ve received some feedback in the course of conversations with neighbors on fire safety, aesthetics, and budget priorities, we felt it important to reach out to the greater community for feedback. It is to these ends that we’ve developed a survey to gain a better understanding on your concerns, priorities, wishes, and hopes for our community.


This survey will go a long way towards prioritizing both our fire and aesthetic goals moving forward. It is relatively brief and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time to fill out. We have provided a way to either identify yourself, or to remain anonymous with your responses. We ask that each individual only complete and submit one survey per adult in the household.


Click here for the survey: https://forms.gle/j9MTbTJG9kxnxmEq8


Ian Appow, Community Development Director and former “Firewise” coordinator for the City of Eugene, has been instrumental in helping us to develop the survey and identify risks within our neighborhood. He’s contributed the following:


Last year alone Lane County had the third most reports of homes that were destroyed (574) or majorly damaged (41) buildings by wildfire in Oregon (Link). Additionally, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry has created a graphic of how fire danger has increased throughout the years (Link). The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a wildfire policy to address how the country should manage the increasing threat of wildfire damage. (Link) In the five-part proposal, it recommends the following:


1. Require all homes and businesses in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) to be more resistant to ignition from wildfire embers and flames.

2. Current codes and standards, as well as sound land-use practices must be in use and enforced for new development and rebuilding in wildfire-prone areas.

3. Fire departments for communities in the WUI must be prepared to respond safely and effectively to wildfire

4. Government must increase resources for vegetative fuel management on public land.

5. The public must understand its role and take action in reducing wildfire risk.


Even with increased public funding, emergency response teams will always have a threshold of how many people they can attend to. And with increased private funding, landowners can only influence what happens inside their property lines, and as we know, wildfires aren't contained by tax lot designations.


The reason why wildfire education for the public is so significant is that it allows for more informed decisions, and that is what this survey was created for. Through each of your responses, you are helping us identify and create a strategy for how we as a neighborhood can prepare for the risks of wildfire. We want to know what your relationship with wildfire is, or isn't, and collectively see what Hendricks Hill's outlook is on the topic to inform our next steps. Wildfire is an increasing threat that we are taking very seriously investing in, but we want to do this right and we can't do it without your help.


Any questions relating to the survey can be directed to hendrickshill@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We will share the outcome of the survey through the listserv, on our website, and Facebook page in the coming weeks. Enjoy your summer!