MEDFORD, Ore--- On Monday, Jackson County will be opening up a brand new wildfire victim resiliency permit center to help wildfire victims from the Almeda and South Obenchain Fires in unincorporated Jackson County.
The permit center will run Monday through Friday and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The goal of the new center is to issue out code and building permits to those in unincorporated Jackson County, that want to rebuild after losing their homes and businesses to the Almeda and South Obenchain Fires.
According to Ted Zuk, the director of Jackson County Development Services, this should help speed up the process to help the more than a thousand people that still needed a their permits to rebuild.
"Imagine this as an express lane in a grocery store, we are opening up another isle another for availability to people to get faster service because we have the extra resources to do that," Zuk said.
However in time, Zuk hopes that this center will become more of a resource center to help everyone that was affected by last year's wildfires in Jackson County.
"We don't envision this to be just a permit center, its going to grow in to a lot more than that," said Zuk. "We want it to be a one stop shop for people to get help with the recovery program. There are a lot of things that are in discussion now, that are not ready but we plan to incorporate them into the center as soon as we can."