Wednesday, June 11, 2014

6/11/14 12:40 pm Bend Fire Dept moves to High Fire Danger

Due to hot and dry weather conditions and the low fuel moistures we are experiencing, Bend Fire Department, ODF and Deschutes National Forest have increased the level of fire danger to HIGH as of this morning (6/11/14). Fires under High conditions begin and spread quickly and burn with greater intensity. All fires have the potential of becoming disastrous. Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature. Burning has been closed within the boundaries of Bend Fire Department and Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2. Check with your local fire or forest agency for area specific closures and restrictions. 

Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:

  • Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.
  • Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live, or work.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

Dan Derlacki, Deputy Fire Marshal, City of Bend Fire Department

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