News Releases


Many But Not All Fire Districts Set to Open Burning - Oct 3, 2017

CONTACT:
Roger Johnson
Fire Chief, Sisters Camp Sherman Fire
Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
541-549-0771

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces that burn season will open at sunrise on October 3rd, 2017 for many of the local fire districts regionally in Central Oregon. With the recent fall weather and precipitation received in areas, the Fire Chiefs local fire departments, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and Oregon Department of Forestry have agreed that many areas are now safe to enter into burn season.

Even with many fire districts opening burn season, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs remind residents that they need to call their local fire district to ensure the district is allowing burning at this time, that it is a burn day, and to obtain any necessary permits.

“Even though we are entering burn season is many areas, some areas are still too dry for outdoor burning. In districts where burning is open weather conditions such as high winds or warm fall weather can make outdoor burning unsafe. Checking in with your local fire district is important,” explains Roger Johnson.

Residents that are in areas where outdoor burning is allowed will still be required to follow local agency regulations and closely monitor their pile to prevent spread to other combustibles,” adds Johnson.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District will be lifting Regulated Use Closure restrictions on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017. This will allow the general public on private lands within the district to, conduct open burning with a valid permit from your local fire district or ODF. Other restrictions that will be lifted include the, operation of chainsaws and mowing of dried grass for private lands within the district. The Central Oregon District will still have general Fire Season restrictions in place until there is a more significant change in weather conditions.

There are several year-round burning bans as well in Central Oregon including the city of Bend, the city of Sisters, and Sunriver. For residents who are uncomfortable burning or are not in areas where outdoor burning is allowed, the fall FireFree events will be available to residents in Deschutes and Jefferson County. Watch www.firefree.org for the dates of these events in October and November.

Central Oregon Fire Chiefs federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will be performing prescribed burns throughout the region. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions such as: with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, favorable weather conditions and carefully planned land plots. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities that is ever present later in the season when the conditions are even more extreme.


Recreational Fire & Campfire Ban - Aug 13, 2017

With increased fire activity and an influx of visitors coming to Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, the Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) will be banning recreational fires/campfires on private lands within all the fire districts in the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on August 11, campfires, including charcoal and pellet fires, will no longer be allowed. This is consistent with campfire restrictions on public lands. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.  

The tri-county Fire Chief’s carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture, and predicted weather before making the decision to ban open fires. With the heavy demand on our firefighting resources in addition to the hundreds of thousands of visitors projected to visit Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.  

“In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires during the eclipse, the Fire Chief’s in the region feel banning recreational fires and campfires is the sensible thing to do”, said Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Chair of Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. All Central Oregon fire departments and rural fire districts will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their district and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis. Please call your local outdoor burning information line for your current conditions. If conditions become dryer, individual agencies may choose to close local burning sooner. Fire agencies will monitor fuels and fire conditions throughout the summer and anticipate the opening of burn season again in late fall.

For a full list of the local Fire Districts visit COFCA’s webpage.


Save the date...Half Price Yard Debris Recycling - Oct 17, 2016
For Immediate Release
 
CONTACT:
Alison Green, FireFree Coordinator, 541-322-7129
Susan Baker, Deschutes Recycling, 541-323-4069
 
  
Monday, October 31st through Saturday November 12th (closed Sunday November 6th & November 11th) local residents are encouraged to define their defensible space by taking advantage of the half price yard debris days. Residents can recycle their yard debris at Deschutes Recycling for HALF PRICE – only $2.00 per cubic yard. 
 
FireFree encourages residents to complete their fall clean up and maintenance of defensible space by bringing branches, leaves, shrubs and pine needles to Deschutes Recycling during this event. Residents can take advantage of this event as an alternative to fall burning and recycle the combustible vegetation inside the 30-100 feet of defensible space around their homes. 
 
 “Burning yard debris is not allowed inside the city limits of Bend, so FireFree provides this option for Bend residents to recycle their debris inexpensively and legally,” says Alison Green, FireFree Coordinator. The fall event is a great opportunity for residents to get a jump start on preparing their property for next fire season,” Green adds.
 
“We hope residents will use this half-price event to clean up their leaves, pine needles, and yard debris to provide a safe defensible space around their homes,” says Brad Bailey, President of Deschutes Recycling. “Taking these steps early is key to our community being prepared for next summer’s fire season,” Bailey adds.
 
FireFree is a year-round effort to educate community members and increase resident participation in preparing for wildfires. For more information about FireFree activities in your area, call your local fire department or Project Wildfire at 541-322-7129.
 
Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill 
Open Monday – Saturday
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
61050 SE 27th Street, Bend
Remember, Deschutes Recycling is closed on Sundays and Veteran’s Day.
 
Visit the FireFree website at www.firefree.org for more information about defensible space and reducing the structural vulnerability of homes. 

Weather Improves Fire Danger, Brings End of Declared Fire Season Later This Week - Oct 14, 2016

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Mike Supkis
Fire Chief, La Pine Rural Fire Protection District Chair, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
541-536-2935

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs have announced that with the recent and cooler and damper weather, along with more of the same in the forecast, the expectation is the area will see the end of the declared wildland fire season Saturday, October 15 this year. The fire chief\u2019s thank everyone for their vigilance in getting all our communities safely through another wildland fire season.

In select areas, residential debris and pile burning, is also scheduled to be permitted starting Saturday. Check with your local fire department for details, requirements, and a permit. Note: some municipalities and home owner associations, such as the City of Bend and Sunriver, do not allow open burning at any time during the year within their jurisdictions. The Central Oregon Fire Chief\u2019s Association urges homeowners to prepare their property for the next fire season by thinning and removing ladder fuels from their property as well as other Firewise measures. Chipping on site and or hauling to the local transfer site are viable options.

Central Oregon Fire Chief\u2019s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will be executing prescribed burns throughout the region this fall. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, during favorable weather conditions. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities in the future.

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. All Central Oregon fire departments and rural fire districts will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their districts and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis. Please call your local outdoor burning information line for your current conditions. If conditions become dryer, individual agencies may choose to close local burning.


Save the date...HALF PRICE YARD DEBRIS RECYCLING - Oct 22, 2015

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Alison Green, FireFree Coordinator, 541-322-7129
Susan Baker, Deschutes Recycling, 541-323-4069

From Monday, November 2nd through Saturday November 14th (closed Sunday November 8th) local residents are encouraged to define their defensible space by taking advantage of the half price yard debris days. Residents can recycle their yard debris at Deschutes Recycling for HALF PRICE – only $2.00 per cubic yard.

FireFree encourages residents to complete their fall clean up and maintenance of defensible space by bringing branches, leaves, shrubs and pine needles to Deschutes Recycling during this event.Residents can take advantage of this event as an alternative to fall burning and recycle the combustible vegetation inside the 30-100 feet of defensible space around their homes.

“Burning yard debris is not allowed inside the city limits of Bend, so FireFree provides this option for Bend residents to recycle their debris inexpensively and legally,” says Alison Green, FireFree Coordinator. “With the devastating fire season the Pacific Northwest had this summer, the fall event is a great opportunity for residents to get a jump start on preparing their property for next fire season,” Green adds.

“We hope residents will use the fall half-price FireFree event to clean up their fall leaves, pine needles, and yard debris to provide a safe defensible space around their homes,” says Brad Bailey, President of Deschutes Recycling. “Taking these steps early is key to our community being prepared for next summer’s fire season,” Bailey adds.

Jefferson County is again hosting a fall FireFree event for local residents at the Box Canyon Transfer Station. After the great participation in last year’s first annual fall event, Jefferson County will be expanding their fall event to a two weekend event. This event will be accepting leaves, grass clippings and pine needles as well as the normal woody plant products. Residents can drop off yard debris for FREE at Box Canyon Transfer Station on October 24th-25th & October 31st-Nov 1st, 2015.

FireFree is a year-round effort to educate community members and increase resident participation in preparing for wildfires. For more information about FireFree activities in your area, call your local fire department or Project Wildfire at 541-322-7129.

 

Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill
Open Monday – Saturday
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
61050 SE 27th Street, Bend
 

Box Canyon Transfer Station
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1760 SE Taggart Road, Madras
 

Remember, Deschutes Recycling and Knott Landfill are closed on Sundays.


Many But Not All Fire Districts Set to Open Burning - Oct 22, 2015

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:    Mike Supkis
Fire Chief, La Pine Fire
Chair, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
541-536-2935

 Many But Not All Fire Districts Set to Open Burning

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces that burn season will open this weekend October 24th, 2015 for many of the local fire districts regionally in Central Oregon. With the recent precipitation received in areas, the Fire Chiefs local fire departments, the US Forest Service, the BLM and Oregon Department of Forestry have agreed that many areas are now safe to enter into burn season.

Even with many fire districts opening burn season, Central Oregon Fire Chief’s remind residents that they need to call their local fire district to ensure the district is allowing burning at this time, that it is a burn day, and to obtain any necessary permits.

“Even though we are entering burn season is many areas, some areas are still too dry for outdoor burning. In districts where burning is open weather conditions such as high winds or warm fall weather can make outdoor burning unsafe. Checking in with your local fire district is important,” explains Mike Supkis, chair of Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association.

“Residents that are in areas where outdoor burning is allowed will still be required to follow local agency regulations and closely monitor their pile to prevent spread to other combustibles,” adds Supkis.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District will be terminating fire season on Saturday October 24th. This means conditions are safe enough that Industrial Operations won’t be required to have their fire equipment on site while operating on private lands. As previously mentioned, landowners who would like to burn will need to contact ODF and their local fire district to obtain the necessary permits.Also, the fire restrictions by the Board of County Commissioners for areas with no fire protection within Deschutes County, and all Deschutes County owned lands have been lifted.

There is several year-round burning bans as well in central Oregon: the city of Bend, the city of Sisters, and Sunriver. For residents who are uncomfortable burning or are not in areas where outdoor burning is allowed, the FireFree events will be available to residents in Deschutes and Jefferson County.

Jefferson County is hosting its second annual fall event at the Box Canyon Transfer Station October 24-25th & October 31-November 1st.

Deschutes County will host a fall event at Knott Landfill November 2nd-November 14th (closed November 8th & Veteran’s Day).

Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will be performing prescribed burns throughout the region. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions such as: with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, favorable weather conditions and carefully planned land plots. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities that is ever present later in the season when the conditions are even more extreme.

Call 541-322-7129 for the FireFree dates or more information about how you can prepare your property for wildfire season.


2015 Wildfire Preparedness Day with FireFree Recycling Events! - Apr 2, 2015

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Alison Green
FireFree Coordinator
541-322-7129

Central Oregon kicks off Wildfire Preparedness Day with FireFree Recycling Events! 

Saturday May 2nd marks the second annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day nationwide. Across central Oregon, fire departments and organizations are encouraging residents to learn about living in Fire Adapted Communities and take steps to reduce the threat of wildfire destroying lives and homes. Central Oregon residents will get a jump on this valuable campaign when they bring their flammable yard debris to area collections sites for FREE beginning Friday, May 1st! 

“Residents in central Oregon are no strangers to wildfire and continue to show an increasing level of awareness by participating in FireFree Recycling events,” says Alison Green, Program Director of Project Wildfire.  “To highlight Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, FireFree encourages residents to create and maintain their defensible space and offers free disposal of that yard debris,” adds Green.

The greatest risk of homes catching fire during a wildland fire event is from the advancing embers or “fire brands” that reach your property long before an actual flame front. 

With this in mind, FireFree reminds you to take a look around your property in the “home ignition zone” where glowing embers can ignite spot fires and vulnerable areas like decks, patios and fences that can spread flames to your home before there is smoke on the horizon. And take advantage of upcoming FireFree Recycling Events to dispose of the debris for FREE: 

Friday, May 1 THROUGH May 9 at Knott Landfill in Bend (closed Sunday).
Open 7am-4:30pm

Fridays & Saturdays, May 1 & 2 and May 8 & 9 at the Westside Collection Site in Bend.
Open 8am-4pm

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 at Deschutes County Transfer Sites (open 8am-4pm):
Negus Transfer Station in Redmond
Northwest (Fryrear) Transfer Station in Sisters
Southwest Transfer Station in La Pine

Friday & Saturday May 8 & 9 at the Sunriver Compost Site in Sunriver.
Open 8am-4pm

Saturday & Sunday May 2 & 3 and 9 & 10 at Box Canyon Transfer Site in Madras.
Open 8:30am-4:30pm

Visit the FireFree website at www.firefree.org for more information about how you can prepare your property for wildfire season.


Wildfire Preparedness Day & Awareness Month with FireFree Recycling Events - Apr 30, 2014

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Alison Green
FireFree Coordinator
541-322-7129

Central Oregon kicks off Wildfire Community Preparedness Day & Wildfire Awareness Month with FireFree Recycling Events! 

Thursday May 1st marks the beginning of Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon and May 3rd is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Deschutes County.  Across the state and in Deschutes County, fire departments and organizations are encouraging residents to learn about living in Fire Adapted Communities and take steps to reduce the threat of wildfire destroying lives and homes. Central Oregon residents will get a jump on this valuable campaign when they bring their flammable yard debris to area collections sites for FREE beginning Friday, May 2nd! 

“Residents in central Oregon are no strangers to wildfire and continue to show an increasing level of awareness by participating in FireFree Recycling events,” says Alison Green, Program Director of Project Wildfire.  “To kick off Wildfire Awareness Month, FireFree encourages residents to create and maintain their defensible space and offers free disposal of that yard debris,” adds Green.

The greatest risk of homes catching fire during a wildland fire event is from the advancing embers or “fire brands” that reach your property long before an actual flame front. 

With this in mind, FireFree reminds you to take a look around your property in the “home ignition zone” where glowing embers can ignite spot fires and vulnerable areas like decks, patios and fences that can spread flames to your home.   And take advantage of upcoming FireFree Recycling Events to dispose of the debris for FREE:  

Friday, May 2 THROUGH May 10 at Knott Landfill in Bend (closed Sunday).

Fridays & Saturdays, May 2 & 3 and May 9 & 10 at the Westside Collection Site in Bend.

Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 at Deschutes County Transfer Sites:

Negus Transfer Station in Redmond

Fryrear Transfer Station near Sisters

Southwest Transfer Station in La Pine

Friday & Saturday May 2 & 3 at the Sunriver Compost Site in Sunriver.

Saturday & Sunday May 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 at Box Canyon Transfer Site in Madras.


Burning season opens - Oct 2, 2013

September 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:     Don Colfels
Fire Chief, Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue
Secretary, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
541-977-0988

Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Announce Open of Burn Season

Central OregonFire Chiefs have agreed to open controlled burning within Deschutes County, Jefferson County and Crook County.   Municipal and rural fire jurisdictions will open burning Tuesday, October 1st, 2013for outdoor burning of debris and agricultural burns.

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for specifics or any regulations regarding open burning of debris or agricultural burns.  The Chiefs also strongly recommend you should closely monitor your local Fire Department’s outdoor burning line, should the need for periodic closures due to late season dry spells, or windy conditions occur. For those who chose to burn debris, do so early in the day, prior to winds picking up that could spread a fire to nearby combustibles.

“The cooler temperatures, increased humidity, and increased precipitation may decrease the potential for debris burns to escape and become a wildfire. We ask residents take special care in all your burning activities. Escaped debris burning remains the number one human cause of wildfires on private lands and it usually involves not following the burn permit instructions” adds Ben Duda, Assistant Unit Forester,Oregon Department of Forestry.

On public lands, the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will continue with planned burning projects on federal lands.

As of September 23, 2013 Oregon Department of Forestry has terminated its Regulated Closure Restrictions on ODF protected lands within the entire Central Oregon District.  ODF is anticipated to remain in Fire Season till we encounter either a season ending event or consistent weather patterns favorable to mitigate our fire environment conditions.   Industrial forest operations still require fire suppression equipment to be onsite and provide watchman service.  With the termination of Regulated Closure Restrictions, open burning activities may resume and burn permits are required prior to conducting any burning activities.  ODF will continue to support local rural fire protection district burn bans and not issue burn permits for non forest industrial related burning activities where Rural Fire Protection District Burn Bans remain in effect.   Continued coordination with our cooperators will be critical to successfully limit recreation related human caused wildfires. 


Code Ready Smoke Alarm Campaign Coming to Neighborhoods in Bend! - May 30, 2012

For More Information: Susie Maniscalco
Deputy Fire Marshal
Bend Fire & Rescue

Phone:(541) 322-6386 office
(541) 693-6283 pager

In order to help prevent fire deaths in our community, the Bend Fire Department and Fire Department Volunteers will be visiting neighborhoods throughout Bend in May and June, providing smoke alarms, batteries and home safety education for homeowners at no cost.

The objective of the campaign is to ensure:

  • every residence has a working smoke alarm in the right place,
  • households know how to test alarms, and
  • everyone knows what to do to when there is a fire. 

The following neighborhoods were selected as being most at-risk of death or serious injury from fire – older adults, people with disabilities and families with young children and include;

Keystone RV Park, Scandia and Parrell Mobile Home Park, Mt. Vista Mobile Home Park and Four Seasons Mobile Home Park. Additional efforts will focus on the neighborhood area of Riverside and Riverfront Avenue.

Smoke alarms are critical to home fire safety because they alert us to fire in its early stages, especially when we are asleep.

From 2005 through 2009 in Oregon, 39% of residential fires had no smoke alarm present or the smoke alarm did not operate. These fires resulted in 46 fatalities, 283 injuries, and more than $105 million in property loss.

Don’t have a smoke alarm or it’s not working? Call us. We will provide an alarm for you free of charge.

For more information on smoke alarms, home fire escape planning, or home fire safety, contact the Bend Fire Department at 541 322-6309 or visit our website at bendoregon.gov/fire.


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