BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Bend City Council has unanimously voted to allow families displaced by the state’s wildfire to park their RVs and trailers temporarily on private land while they rebuild.
The emergency declaration passed Wednesday will take effect immediately, according to The Bulletin.
The policy is modeled on similar ones passed in the towns of Talent, where the wildfires displaced hundreds of families, and nearby Medford.
“This is such a hard time I know for these people who have lost their homes and are rebuilding them,” Mayor Sally Russell said in the meeting. “This is a great interim solution. I think it’s so perfect for our town to do something like this.”
The idea behind the emergency declaration is to help people who are rebuilding homes that were destroyed by wildfires in towns like Talent and Phoenix, which already had low vacancy rates before the fires, according to the order. Thousands of Oregonians have been displaced from multiple wildfires that devastated large swaths of the state in September.
The emergency order is modeled after similar ones done in Medford and Talent, city attorney Mary Winters told the newspaper.
Those interested in temporarily staying in Bend will need to provide documentation to the city to prove they are registered with the Red Cross, according to the order.
There will be an application process, Winters said, though the application does not exist yet. Both the property owner and the displaced family would have to agree to public health and safety conditions.
The emergency declaration is limited to someone staying in an RV, motor home, travel trailer, truck camper or camping trailer that is “self-contained with potable water and sewage tanks and is designed for temporary human habitation,” according to the order.
One vehicle will be allowed per property. The order will remain in effect until Sept. 10, 2021.