Gates after the fire 2

The Oregon Department of Forestry has approved mapping rules that critics fear will cause over-regulation of rural properties.

Oregon forestry officials are bracing for controversy after approving statewide hazard ratings that encompass up to 300,000 properties with an elevated risk of wildfires.

Many of those tracts are expected to face new defensible space and building code requirements under “wildland-urban interface” criteria recently enacted by the state’s Board of Forestry.

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