SALEM, Ore-- On Saturday, the Oregon House passed SB 762, by a vote of 49-6 , to fund nearly $200 million in wildfire response, recovery and mitigation.
“SB 762 gives state agencies and local communities the funding they need to effectively and safely prevent and respond to wildfire,” said Rep. Pam Marsh (D-Southern Jackson County). “After two years of public input and testimony, we are finally funding a comprehensive program to help keep Oregonians safe. On the cusp of another devastating wildfire season, SB 762 cannot wait.”
The bill would coordinate a comprehensive statewide response to plan for and mitigate wildfires with a focus on community preparedness and public health. The bill also forms a local Wildfire Programs Advisory Council to monitor and provide input on investments and planning.
The legislation comes in response to the state’s increasingly severe wildfires that since 2020 have destroyed over 4,000 homes and incinerated millions of acres of land.
The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.