Feb 07, 2024
Chair Alcorn - State of the County Address
At the Board of Commissioners meeting on February 7, 2024, Chair Alcorn gave a State of the County address. Attached is the written version of the statement. To view the video of the Board Meeting you can visit the Curry County Civic Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIEylLkBsP0 .
2024 State of the County
Jan 04, 2024
Curry County has contracted SWCA Environmental Consultants to develop a 2024 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). A CWPP is a plan designed to identify and mitigate wildfire hazards to communities and infrastructure located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), which is an area located between wildland and human development. The CWPP makes recommendations for hazardous fuels reduction, public outreach and education, structural ignitability reduction, and fire response capabilities.
In 2008, Curry County completed its first CWPP. The development of the County CWPP has facilitated collaboration among local, state, federal officials, and tribes, as well as non-governmental stakeholders and private citizens. The “2008 Curry County CWPP” reviews, verifies, and/or identifies potential new priority areas where mitigation measures are needed to protect irreplaceable life, property, and critical infrastructure in the County, from wildfire.
A CWPP is designed to assist Curry County and landowners in ensuring that a future catastrophic wildfire is avoided or mitigated by assessing areas at risk and recommending measures to decrease those risks. For many years Curry County and partners have been successful in planning and implementing many wildfire mitigation actions, including thousands of acres of hazardous fuel treatment projects on public and private land; organizing public outreach and education campaigns that focus on wildfire prevention and the importance of defensible space; and better preparing communities that are at high to extreme risk of wildfire by utilizing the Fire Adapted Community concepts. Much of this work has been achieved through interagency collaboration, working with communities and across ownership boundaries to develop landscape-level wildfire mitigation solutions. This CWPP effort builds upon that long history of collaboration.
The Planning Team is continuing to work together to review and revise the original CWPP to ensure the plan is applicable to the communities it is designed to serve. The goal is that all recommended projects are designed to greatly reduce wildfire risk to residents and ensure that communities can live safely in this fire-prone environment.
Now it is time to review, revise, and refocus previously proposed implementation measures to ensure that the Curry County CWPP remains active and effective. Additionally, we want to hear from you to understand how Curry County can better plan and prepare for potential wildfires in your community. We kindly ask you to complete this brief survey: https://arcg.is/1i1ie50. This spring, the public will be invited to provide feedback on the Draft Plan.
The CWPP will be a guiding document for fire and emergency managers, as well as agencies who manage land within Curry County. The CWPP is designed to serve County residents, and we encourage your interest and engagement in the process. For more information, please contact Curry County Emergency Management at email@example.com, or Vicky Amato, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Cook, Assistant Project Manager at email@example.com.
May 05, 2023
Gold Beach, Oregon
On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, Curry County offices began to experience difficulty accessing internal documents. IT was called and responded on-site immediately. We determined that the Curry County server network was generally inaccessible. All County departments are affected. We took prompt action to secure our network environment and engaged leading independent cybersecurity and digital forensics experts to assist with our response and investigation.
The County has confirmed that the affected servers were impacted by a ransomware attack. The attack has been attributed to the Royal ransomware group.
We have reported the incident to relevant state and federal agencies. A coordinated response team including state and federal experts will be assisting with our effort to securely restore the Curry County network.
In the meantime, many systems and data are temporarily inaccessible. County telephone service is uninterrupted, but email communications are not available at this time. The response team will be working around the clock to restore operations. At this time, we cannot estimate when full access and services will be restored. The County is prioritizing service returns to public safety and public-facing departments.
No part of the vote counting process or the integrity of the upcoming election has been impacted by this incident.
Updates will continue to be posted to co.curry.or.us. We appreciate your patience as we work to safely restore services.
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