Supper Club: The Importance of Prescribed Burns

Another prescribed burn happened near Sisters this week, which is the latest in a series of controlled burns that are designed to prevent larger wildfires later in the season.

For this week’s Supper Club, Lisa Carton sat down with three fire experts to talk about why these burns are so important to do right now, at this time of the year. The month of May is also wildfire awareness month in Oregon.

Thanks to Deschutes County Forester, Ed Keith, Project Wildfire Program Coordinator, Alison Green, and Alex Robertson of Central Oregon Fire Management Service, for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

More Prescribed Burns Planned for Central Oregon

Firefighters will be igniting a prescribed burn across Cascade Lakes Highway from the burn that occurred on Sunday at the Rimrock Trailhead west of Bend, so you can expect to see smoke in the area throughout the day on Tuesday.
There will also be a prescribed burn in the Sisters Ranger District about 1 1/2 miles south of Camp Sherman Store and 4 miles north of Black Butte Ranch. No road closures are expected with that burn.
On Wednesday, firefighters have scheduled a burn in Shevlin Park, about 1/2 mile north of Skyliners Road on Bend Park and Recreation District property.
For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted.
Motorists are encouraged to turn on their headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas.

The Great Outdoors: Prescribed Burns Around the High Desert Museum

It’s that time of year when fire officials start lighting controlled burns to get rid of potential fuels on the ground for the upcoming wildfire season.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings takes a look at a prescribed burn scheduled to take place around one of the region’s biggest attractions, the High Desert Museum.

Thanks Brian for that report.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Preparations for Fire Season

If you saw smoke south of Bend today and thought it is too early for wildfires, you were right. 
U.S. Forest Service-Deschutes National Forest workers kicked off their prescribed burn season today off China Hat Road, and Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was there when the controlled fires were ignited.

Bend Firefighters Return from Wildfires in the California Wine Country

The estimates on the numbers of homes and buildings destroyed in the Wine Country wildfires has now topped 8,400, and with 42 people killed, the fires are also the deadliest in California history. Strike teams from Central Oregon traveled to places like Santa Rosa and Napa to battle those fires two weeks ago, but tonight, they are back home.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spent time with two of the Bend firefighters who became eyewitnesses to the devastation.

Bend Firefighters Battling Wildfires in Wine Country

City of Bend firefighters are back on the front line of the wildfires burning in California’s wine country.

A Bend Fire and Rescue engine and crew of 6 joined ten other Strike Teams from Oregon to head to California on Wednesday morning and worked a 24-hour shift before taking a day off, and they are back at it today. Here is one of the latest photos of their efforts, courtesy of the Bend Fire Department.

Northern California Residents Fail to Receive Emergency Alerts Ahead of Fires

Some of the survivors in Santa Rosa and other areas that were devastated by the fast-moving flames, are telling authorities that they never received an alert on their cell phones or landlines before being forced to flee their homes just minutes ahead of the fires.

Authorities have acknowledged that some residents didn’t receive the alerts, and in Sonoma County, authorities chose not to send out a mass alert because only a portion of residents were affected.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed looks at the emergency alerts that went out when the fires began.

Bend Woman Begins Local Donation Drive for Northern California Wildfire Victims

Central Oregonians with personal connections to Northern California are watching the fires closely, and some are still waiting to hear about the fate of their friends and family.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story of a Bend woman who is launching a local donation drive to help the victims of the California wildfires including her brother and sister.

***Any items you’d like to donate can be taken to the following address:

JR Faulkner Excavation
2669 NE Twin Knoll’s Dr. Suite #103
Bend, OR

Following are suggested donation items

Tents
Air Mattresses and cots…
Pillows
Phone Chargers
Dry and Canned Pet Food (Dog, Cat, Kitten)
Animal crates and carriers small and large
Dog Bowls (Any bowls for food and water)
Can Openers
Other pet supplies (litter, bedding, leashes, collars)
Diapers
Baby Strollers
Baby Carries
Personal Protection Equipment (Masks, latex gloves, etc.)
Boxes
Duct Tape
Other items:
Non-perishable food items (that don’t need to be cooked)
Can Openers
Camp stoves
Propane
Water
Personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap, etc.)
Diapers in all sizes
Formula
Baby Food
Blankets
New Socks
New Underwear
Toilet Paper
Feminine Hygiene Products
Band-Aids, Antibacterial Ointment, Etc.
Duffel Bags
Suitcases
Children’s books
Coloring Books
Coloring supplies

California Fires Force Bend Woman Back to Central Oregon

The wildfires that created the smoke in Central Oregon today is coming from Northern California where thousands of residents have evacuated their homes to escape more than dozen out-of-control wildfires.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spoke with a Bend woman today who owns a business in the fire zone and just left wine country to return to Central Oregon.