Deschutes County officials are considering taking further action to help protect communities in the county from wildfires. Two measures are being considered by the county’s Wildfire Mitigation Advisory Committee. The measures involve changes to building codes to require the use of fire-resistant building materials for new rural residential construction, and altering regulations involving the use of land to require defensible space for all rural properties. The regulations would only apply in the rural parts of the county that fall outside of city limits. The committee has created a story map and survey online to gauge the community’s perspective.