Jackson County Fire District 3
In 2020, Oregon’s Jackson County was struck by its worst wildfire in history. The fire destroyed over 2,500 homes, most of which belonged to low-income residents. In alignment with state measures to more aggressively mitigate wildfire risk among especially vulnerable communities, Jackson County Fire District 3 will evaluate the impact of different subsidies on the take-up of wildfire risk reduction activities, including free fuel reduction crews working on randomly selected home properties and conducting fuel reduction work that ensures defensible space. The intervention seeks to measure what provision of subsidy is most effective for increasing the take-up of mitigative efforts. This project will directly inform evidence-based policy in the state of Oregon, and has the potential to inform policies among other regions battling the climate, social, and economic effects of wildfire damage.