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Wildfire Risk Maps On Hold

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry has put development of wildfire risk maps on hold until problems with the maps are resolved. The Oregon Legislature is also considering 11 bills that would affect the maps. Oregon State Forester Cal Mukumoto told lawmakers they'll wait until after the Legislature is finished doing its work before completing the maps. The maps show property owners whether they're in high risk areas for wildfires. The original maps had several discrepancies, which is why the process was put on hold. Property owners were concerned insurance companies would use the maps to increase rates. Building codes would also be added to help protect properties from wildfire.

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