FIRE DISTRICT SEEKS INPUT ON ITS SERVICES

 

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District (District) is preparing to update its customer-centered Strategic Plan and is seeking input from residents of the District regarding its services.  Strategic planning is a management tool that provides direction for an organization and helps build a shared vision with the community and employees.  The plan will identify organizational priorities and establish goals and objectives to prioritize scarce resources, allowing the District to focus its efforts on the most critical issues facing the community.

 

The District has operated within the framework of a customer-centered strategic plan since 2004, with the last update in 2016.  Over 85% of the identified goals in the current plan have been completed.  Various groups of personnel within the fire department will gather on November 13 to complete the update process, which will be facilitated by George Dunkel from Special Districts Association of Oregon.  Surveys have been sent to all members within the organization, partnering agencies and community residents.

 

Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “Strategic Planning for our organization is critical, and seeking input from the community and our partnering agencies is an important part of the process.” Please go to the District’s website at www.sistersfire.com, or click here for a link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCHVTHB.  The survey will be available until Friday, November 8 in order to collect and analyze responses.

 

For more information, or to request a hard copy of the survey, please contact the administrative office at 541-549-0771 during normal business hours.

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Local Fire Districts Set to Open Burning

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) is announcing that debris burn season will open at sunrise on October 1st, 2019 for many of the local Central Oregon fire districts. With the recent fall weather and precipitation received in the area, the Fire Chiefs, local fire departments, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) have agreed that many areas are now safe to enter into burn season.

 

Even with the opening of the 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 in many areas, some areas may be 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 Harry Ward, President of COFCA.

 

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

 

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District will terminate fire season on September 26th, 2019. This will allow the general public on private lands within the district to conduct open burning after fire season is terminated with a valid permit from your local fire district or ODF.

 

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. 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: federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters will be on scene; favorable weather conditions; and carefully planned land plots. The prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels, in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities when summertime fire conditions are extreme.

 

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Fire Season & Burn Permit Update

Despite cooler temperatures and recent moisture in Sisters Country, Fire Chief Roger Johnson would like to remind residents and visitors alike that fire season is not over.  Several factors are used to determine the end of fire season including weather, fuel moisture and other factors.  Ignoring the regulations in place could be very dangerous.  Chief Johnson said, “We are still in fire season and weather forecasts are calling for a couple weeks of warm and dry conditions.” Late summer and early fall can be dangerous wildfire seasons in Sisters Country.  On September 9, 2012 the Pole Creek Fire started just West of Sisters.  The fire eventually burned over 26,000 acres and filled Sisters with dense smoke for most of September.

 

In recent years, the Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association has announced the end of fire season and the start of residential open debris burning around November 1.  The typical season runs about six months and concludes generally around Central Oregon’s scheduled Fire Free Days.  Fire Free is an annual local program where residents can take their yard debris to local landfill stations for free drop-off.

 

If you would like to prepare now for the start of open-debris burning in Sisters, you can get signed up for an Outdoor Burn Permit.  Last season, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District piloted a new burn permit system.  Chief Johnson said, “We are extremely pleased to offer the community a more user-friendly, free, online permitting system enabling users to obtain important information and services online while allowing District staff to track outdoor burns more effectively and disseminate important fire safety information.”  A Public Fire Safety cell phone app has also been in development since our launch last season to work in conjunction with this new online burn permit system.

 

Permits must be obtained online by visiting the District’s website: https://www.sistersfire.com.  To register for a permit, your name, street address and phone number are required.  Those who do not have internet access can go to the main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters and use a public access computer to apply, or have District staff sign them up.

 

This new online system is very user-friendly after initial setup.  From the Fire District’s standpoint, safety during open burn season, which typically runs from November 1 to May 31 each year, is of the utmost importance.  The online reporting system allows Fire District staff the ability to see who is burning on a daily basis, immediately notify users of changing conditions, message important fire safety information and insure that those planning to burn are aware of the City of Sisters outdoor burn ban, and that the right jurisdiction is being notified of the planned burn.

 

You will be required to check in each day you wish to burn and specify that you are burning for the day.  Open burning can only be conducted with a permit issued by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  The requirement to check in each day is based on changing atmospheric and weather conditions such as wind or air dryness.  The Fire District’s on-duty Shift Commanders will make a determination before 8 a.m. each day whether burning will be allowed within the District.

 

The Public Fire Safety app, developed locally, should be available mid-September, prior to the burn season opening. The app will allow users to sign in once on their phone and schedule burn days, and will hopefully offer an even easier experience than what the website will be capable of.  We will announce when that is available for download.

 

For more information about burn permits, please visit the Fire District’s website at https://www.sistersfire.com or call the Administration office at 541-549-0771.

 

 

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Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe!

The Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Fire Service, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts all encourage Oregonians to “keep it legal and keep it safe” when using fireworks.

The 2019 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens June 23 and runs through July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are permitted to be used, and the important safety steps to take when using legal fireworks.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is already high, and as the weeks go by that risk will only increase, so there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4 holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. Residents statewide can still enjoy fireworks at officially sponsored community events.

For residents who purchase legal fireworks, the OSFM encourages everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use:

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

For the last reported five years through 2018, there were 1,264 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon recorded by the state’s structural fire agencies, resulting in more than $3.5 million in property damage. During that same period, fires resulting from fireworks resulted in one death and 26 injuries. The data from structural fire agencies do not include incidents that occurred on federal and other state lands.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. “We encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets before deciding on when and where you choose to light legal fireworks.”

The OSFM has published FAQs for commonly answered questions about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, permits for the retail sale of fireworks, and state rules for their use and enforcement activities. OSFM’s fireworks education materials for sharing on social media also can be found on its website.

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Emergency Notification Exercise Planned for Sisters Area

 

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

 

Release Date: June 21, 2019

 

NARRATIVE:

 

Local public safety agencies are planning an emergency notification exercise mid-morning on Saturday, June 29th, 2019.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, and Deschutes County 911 will send out a test message through Deschutes Alerts around 10 AM that morning to residents of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

 

Deschutes Alerts is utilized to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District wants you and your family to be prepared for the upcoming wildland fire season, and any emergency.

 

The message will clearly indicate it is a test message and will encourage the receiver to update their profile in Deschutes Alerts, which can be done at www.deschutes.org/911/alerts. The message will also ask the receiver to encourage friends, family and neighbors to sign up for emergency alerts.  Residents can receive messages in the form of Everbridge Contact Bridge App (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play), text, voice call, email as well as TTY (text telephone).  Participants can provide up to 11 contact paths to receive notifications.  Once receivers respond they received the message, it will stop notifying them unless an updated message is sent out.

 

If Sisters area residents have trouble receiving or signing up for messages, they are encouraged to contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District during business hours (8 am to 5 pm weekdays) at 301 South Elm Street or by phone at 541-549-0771.

 

Please do not call 911 for assistance with notifications and reserve 911 for reporting emergencies. 

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Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Announce Seasonal Burning Closing at Sunset on May 31

Smoldering Pile of Yard Debris

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. Burning debris piles on private lands in much of central Oregon will not be allowed at sunset on May 31 this year as the area heads into the summer wildland fire season. Please check with your local jurisdiction for their updated burn designation.

 

“In order to best serve our residents throughout central Oregon with fire and EMS protection, Central Oregon Fire Chief’s each year, jointly select a common closing date to avoid escaped residential debris burns on private lands”, said Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Chair of Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

 

“Many areas in Central Oregon are drying out quickly and local, state and federal wildfire suppression resources can be quickly needed as the conditions continue to dry out,” Chief Smith said. “Even though specific areas in Central Oregon still may receive a bit of rain or even a spring snow shower before or after the closure, the region as a whole is quickly approaching fire season conditions that create unsafe conditions for residential outdoor debris burning,” adds Chief Smith.

 

The Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association strongly urges homeowners to prepare their property for the upcoming fire season now before there is smoke on the horizon. Homeowners and residents who have yet to prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season with adequate defensible space will have three options for woody debris removal until fall and burn season opens again: chip the debris; haul to a local transfer site; or pile and cover until fall.

 

Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) could possibly be executing prescribed burns throughout the region in preparation of fire season even after burn season closes on private lands. 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 locations. 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. Creating fire resilient landscapes with prescribed burns is a critical component to implementing the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy.

 

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.

 

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Lightning Storm Damages Multiple Structures in Sisters Yesterday

Date of Incidents: 5/29/2019

Time of First Alarm: 2:54 p.m.

Address: 67895 Peterson Burn Road, Sisters, Oregon

Time of Second Alarm: 3:57 p.m.

Address: 714 E. Coyote Springs Road, Sisters, Oregon

 

A late afternoon lightning storm that moved through Sisters Country yesterday struck and damaged 3 structures and surrounding trees.

 

The first incident was reported at 2:54 p.m. when a homeowner on Peterson Burn Road reported a smoke odor in the main house on her property.  A second structure on the property, an Airbnb that was occupied by renters at the time, also reported a direct strike to their structure, that reportedly knocked everything off the walls.

 

Initial arriving units found two structures with obvious damage to both homes due to lightning discharge, but no active fire.  The main home had damage to gutters, roofing and wiring damage, while the Airbnb structure had darkening/charring to the corner of the home with wiring damage as well.  Three large pine trees on the property also sustained damage from a lightning strike removing bark and large areas of live woody material.

 

The second incident, just a short time later was reported when the homeowner on E Coyote Springs Road called 911 after lightning struck their home.  No smoke or flames were visible to arriving units and damage to this structure was limited to the front entry roof and structural beams.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with seven firefighters and three emergency vehicles to the first incident and one unit and four firefighters to the second incident.  Due to no active fire at either incident, the responding units performed investigation on each property looking for hot spots with a thermal imaging camera, and advised homeowners/residents to be aware of any suspicious odors, or electrical problems.

 

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District reminds you that there is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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End of Fire Season!

Smoldering Pile of Yard Debris

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces that burn season will open at sunrise on November 1st, 2018 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.

 

With that said, open burning within the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District will be allowed beginning Thursday, November 1 at sunrise with the following requirements:

 

  1. Download (www.sistersfire.com) or pick up a copy of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Outdoor Burning Regulations at any one of our Stations located in Sisters, Squaw Creek Canyon or Camp Sherman and have on site where burning is to be performed.
  2. Call the Outdoor Burning Line 541-549-2333 each day that you plan to burn.
  3. Follow all regulations in the Outdoor Burning Regulations brochure.

 

Please note that some municipalities such as the City of Sisters do not allow yard debris burning at any time during the year within their jurisdictions and certain homeowner’s associations may have further restrictions in place.

 

Staff will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire 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 drier, individual agencies may choose to close local burning.

 

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. 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.

 

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SISTERS SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND FIREFIGHTERS COME TOGETHER TO IMPROVE EAST PORTAL SITE AFTER CRIMINAL MISCHIEF DAMAGE

Prepared by Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Early this summer, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the City of Sisters, have been investigating an increase of criminal mischief, trespassing and other criminal activity at the Sisters’ East Portal Interpretive Site. This is located at the intersections of Highways 20 W and 242, just west of downtown sisters. The site, owed by the US Forest Service, includes a parking lot for passenger cars, recreational vehicles, an interpretive kiosk display, and a rest room facility.

In June, Deputies and USFS Law Enforcement Officers began enhanced patrol of the area during the late night hours and contacted teens, transients and hitchhiking campers. While law enforcement presence has reduced the calls for service, the site was littered with human waste, soiled clothing, discarded luggage, broken camping equipment, alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia. Most recently, a city cleaning crew interrupted a transient attempting to light a warming fire inside the bathroom.

Overall, the East Portal Interpretive Site became uninviting and citizens reported felling unsafe approaching the site or using the facilities. Additionally, it was not representative of our Sisters community.

Yesterday, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Sister-Camp Sherman Fire District Firefighters came together and collected a considerable about of trash from the site before washing out the kiosk shelter with soap, brushes and a fire hose.

The site is open to the public and we encourage the public to report any future suspicious activities.The Sheriff’s Office is working with the USFS Sisters Ranger District to improve the security with improved lighting and increased patrols.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is always seeking out ways to make our communities safer and our quality of life for our citizens better. Please contact one of our Deputies, or call our office at 541-388-6655 or on social media with any tips about how we can help prevent and reduce crime in your community.

GAS GRILL FIRE AT RAYS FOOD PLACE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2018

Contact: Julie Spor, Public Information Officer

541-549-0771

 

GAS GRILL FIRE AT RAYS FOOD PLACE

 

Date of First Incident: 7/23/2018

Time of Alarm: 6:42 p.m.

Address: 635 North Arrowleaf Trail, Sisters

 

A grill fire inside Rays Food Place in Sisters last night was rapidly extinguished before spreading thanks to quick action by employees on scene, and a rapid response by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  All customers had evacuated the store and employees inside the store used fire extinguishers to stop the fire from spreading while firefighters responded.  First arriving units found an indoor gas grill covered with baking sheets with significant heat, but no visible flames.  Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to confirm no heat in the ceiling tiles surrounding the hood of the grill, and damage was confined to the grill itself.

 

Shift Commander Rob Harrison said “The prompt effort of employees to locate and turn the gas to the grill off, and use a fire extinguisher to put the fire out helped to keep the fire from spreading.”    The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) offers the following safety tips in regards to use of a fire extinguisher:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  1. Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  2. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  4. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.

Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.

Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with three emergency vehicles and six personnel.  Additional units from Sisters-Camp Sherman, Black Butte Ranch and Cloverdale Fire Districts also responded to the fire but were canceled prior to arrival.

 

For more information please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

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 Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Announce Seasonal Burning Closing at Sunset on May 31

May 30, 2018

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:    Matt Smith

Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue

Chair, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association

541-447-5011

 

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. Burning debris piles on private lands in much of central Oregon will not be allowed starting on June 1 this year as the area heads into the summer wildland fire season.

 

“In order to best serve our residents throughout central Oregon with fire and EMS protection, Central Oregon Fire Chief’s each year, jointly select a common closing date to avoid escaped residential debris burns on private lands”, said Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Chair of Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

 

“Many areas in Central Oregon are drying out quickly and local, state and federal wildfire suppression resources can be quickly needed as the conditions continue to dry out,” Chief Smith said. “Even though specific areas in Central Oregon still may receive a bit of rain or even a spring snow shower before or after the closure, the region as a whole is quickly approaching fire season conditions that create unsafe conditions for residential outdoor debris burning,” adds Chief Smith.

 

The Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association strongly urges homeowners to prepare their property for the upcoming fire season now before there is smoke on the horizon. Homeowners and residents who have yet to Firewise their properties for the upcoming fire season will have three options for forest debris removal until fall and burn season opens again: chip the debris; haul to a local transfer site; or pile and cover until fall.

 

Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) could possibly be executing prescribed burns throughout the region in preparation of fire season even after burn season closes on private lands. 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. Creating fire resilient landscapes with prescribed burns is a critical component to implementing the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy.

 

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.

 

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Fire District Launches File of Life Program

 

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District launched a new program last week aimed at helping seniors and emergency care providers in Sisters Country when emergencies happen.  The goal of the File of Life Program is to have important medical information in one location in the event of an emergency.  The information provided in the “file” will help responders provide better care by having your past medical history and any medications you take in a convenient, common location in every household.  Both Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch Fire Districts are also partners in the new program.

 

Matt Millar, a Fire Medic with the District said, “Emergency medical situations are inherently stressful, both for patients and care providers. Anytime we can come up with ways to minimize that stress it will create an environment on scene that is more conducive to the best possible care. By having an up-to-date and concise record of information pertinent to patient’s history like the File of Life, we improving our ability to deliver the exceptional care our constituents deserve.”

 

On Tuesday, May 8 staff from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District presented the program to area seniors at the weekly senior luncheon at the Sisters Community Church.  Attendees received their File of Life Program packet.  Residents are encouraged to fill it out and place it on (with a magnet provided). or on top of their refrigerator, or in an easy access location for emergency responders.

 

The program is part of the Fire District’s Strategic Plan goal to provide an all-risk senior citizen safety program within the District.

 

For more information or to receive a File of Life Program packet, please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

 

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CHIMNEY FIRE DAMAGES SISTERS HOME

Date of First Incident: 4/10/18

Time of Alarm: 6:18 p.m.

Address: 468 S. Cedar Street

 

A chimney fire that spread to a shake roof was swiftly extinguished thanks to a neighbor’s quick call to 911, and an immediate response by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  Renters and pets evacuated the home and began to apply water to the fire that had spread to the shake roof, while firefighters responded.  First arriving units found a fire involving the roofing material near an operating chimney.  The fire, approximately 20×30 feet in area was quickly extinguished with no damage to the living area of the home.  Damage is estimated to be approximately $5,000.

 

Fire crews removed burnt shingles and applied plastic to the damaged roof to help protect the structure from weather until new roofing materials can be applied.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to be related to the wood stove, which was in use at the time of the fire.  The home did have working smoke alarms, but did not alert the renters likely due to the fire being on the exterior of the home.  As a reminder, chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with four emergency vehicles and ten personnel.  Additional units from Black Butte Ranch and Cloverdale Fire Districts also responded to the fire but were canceled prior to arrival.

 

For more information please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

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ERA OF MEGAFIRES: ADDITONAL RESOURCES FOR ATTENDEES

Thank you to everyone who attended the Era of Megafires presentation last night at the Belfry in Sisters.  We had a fantastic turnout of over 155 Sisters residents.  For those of you who asked for more information about fire prevention, fire safety and how to make your home/property more fire safe, we’ve provided the following links:

 

https://fireadapted.org/    Fire Adapted Communities

https://www.nfpa.org   NFPA Firewise

http://www.projectwildfire.org/  Project Wildfire

http://www.firefree.org/  Central Oregon Fire Free

http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/  International Association of Fire Chiefs Ready Set Go Program

https://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/strategy/  National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

https://disastersafety.org/  Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

https://www.fs.fed.us/fire/prev_ed/index.html  US Forest Service Fire Prevention and Education

https://www.fema.gov/media-library…/how_to_prepare_wildfire_033014_508.pdf  Fema- How To Prepare For A Wildfire

http://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/fireprevention.aspx  State of Oregon Fire Prevention

Is your home ready for wildfire season?

Save the dates for upcoming FireFree Recycling Events!

 

Last year’s fire season is fresh in many Central Oregon resident’s minds. Fire season is just around the corner and now is the time for Central Oregonians to prepare their home for fire season. It may not feel like it outside but fire season is on its way. There are some simple steps you can take to prepare your home and community for the upcoming fire season. This spring, partners in the Central Oregon area will host FireFree days. Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, and Jefferson Counties will all be hosting FireFree events for local residents to easily prepare for wildfire season. Check the dates below for a FireFree event near you!

 

Fire science tells us that if you have created and maintained a defensible/survivable space around your home, it has an 80% chance of surviving a wildfire without fire department assistance.  Those are great odds and FireFree urges residents to take that bet and get prepared for the upcoming wildfire season.  Now is the time to clean up your yards and create defensible spaces around homes and recycle that debris at FireFree collection sites FOR FREE in Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, and Jefferson Counties. Please note currently the Westside Site is pending confirmation from its new landowner, FireFree will announce the confirmed dates as soon as possible. This will be the last year the current Westside Collection Site on Simpson Ave in Bend will be available to residents. Take advantage of the Westside Site during the 2018 FireFree event to make the tenth and final year the best one yet!
Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6 at Box Canyon Transfer Site in Madras.

 

Saturday, April 28 at Crook County Landfill in Prineville.

 

Saturday, May 5 THROUGH Sunday, May 13 at Knott Landfill in Bend.

 

 Early May 2018 at the Westside Collection Site in Bend.

2018 will be the last opportunity to use this site for FireFree, please check back at firefree.org for specific dates

 

Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19 at Deschutes County Transfer Sites:

Negus Transfer Station in Redmond

Northwest Transfer Station in Cloverdale (Sisters)

Southwest Transfer Station in La Pine
Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2 at Crescent Transfer Station and Chemult Landfill.

 

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.  

 

Where are your most vulnerable places for glowing embers to ignite your home?

 

  • Are your gutters and roof valleys free from debris like pine needles and leaves? Clean them out. Despite a metal or asphalt shingle roof, the buildup of gutter debris provides necessary fuel for the glowing embers to ignite adjacent fascia boards or siding – most often made of wood.
  • Do your shrubs and weeds provide a path of fuel for fire to reach your trees or home? Reduce shrubs and other “ladder fuels” around your home to reduce the threat of ground fires igniting nearby trees, or your home.
  • What can catch fire on your deck or patio or near your fence? Remove weeds, shrubs or any combustible materials from around, under or on top of your deck, patio or wood fence.   This includes toys, planters, construction materials, patio furniture and cushions along with even small piles of pine needles or leaves.
  • Do you have bark mulch, pine needles, ornamental junipers or flammable vegetation within 5 feet of your home? This can provide the perfect ember bed that will provides necessary fuel for the glowing embers to ignite the adjacent siding – most often made of wood.
  • Is your woodpile near your home or other combustible vegetation? Move woodpiles at least 30 feet away from your home or other combustibles.

 

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

CONTACT: Alison Green

541-322-7129

 

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Local Fire Agencies Co-Sponsor Community Easter Egg Hunt

Children from infant to eleven years of age are invited to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt co-sponsored by the Sisters-Camp Sherman and Cloverdale Fire Departments. The event will take place on Easter Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at the adjoining Creekside and Three Sisters Overnight Parks, regardless of weather. The Easter Bunny will be present to greet all.

 

Parking is limited, so plan to arrive early. Children wishing to participate are asked to be at the parks at 12:40 p.m. so they can be divided into the appropriate age groups. Children are divided into the following groups: Infant to 2 years old will be in the red area, 3-5 years old will be in the yellow area, 6-8 years old will be in the blue area and 9-11 years old will be in the white area.

 

Please be prompt, the eggs disappear fast!  Prizes for Golden Eggs!

 

Any questions should be directed to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department at (541) 549-0771.

 

Park addresses are:

Creekside Park – 657 East Jefferson Avenue, Sisters, Oregon.

Three Sisters Overnight Park – 701 East Hwy 20, Sisters, Oregon

ERA OF MEGAFIRES PRESENTATION COMING TO SISTERS

A Presentation on Wildfire’s Natural Role in Our Local Forests

 

The recent Milli Fire last summer burned over 24,000 acres and impacted residents and businesses in Sisters Country.  While it may not feel like it outside, fire season is on its way again!  Nationally recognized ecologist Paul Hessberg will give a presentation on wildfire, its natural role in our local forests and how that role has changed.  Local agency partners including the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, USFS Sisters Ranger District, Oregon Department of Forestry, City of Sisters, Sisters Science Club, and Brooks Resources are sponsoring the free presentation, which will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Belfry in Sisters.

 

Last year was a record fire year with 9.1 million acres burning in the United States.  More than 680,000 acres burned in Oregon alone, in at least 33 separate fires, one of which was a megafire that burned over 190,000 acres.  Dr. Hessberg will present to the audience an engaging, multimedia presentation about wildfire, its natural role in our local forests and how that role has changed.  Dr. Hessberg will present the multiple options available to our community to reshape the wildfire problem and how we can better learn to live with fire.

 

Paul Hessberg, Ph.D., is a Research Ecologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service.  He has been studying historical and modern era forests of the Inland West for the last 32 years, publishing extensively in leading national and international journals.  His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large and severe wildfires.  This presentation is an outgrowth of his research and his concerns for the future.

 

No tickets are needed for the event, which is expected to be attended at full capacity.  It is recommended that you arrive early to get a seat.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

 

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FIRE DISTRICT INVITES POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS TO DISTRICT TRAINING PROGRAM ORIENTATION

Sisters Country residents, who may be interested in wildland or structural firefighting volunteer opportunities, are invited to an orientation of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District’s upcoming recruit academy slated to begin on April 16.

 

The orientation and tour of District facilities will be offered in two separate sessions.  You only need to attend one session.  Orientation will be held at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Community Hall on Saturday, March 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. or Wednesday, March 14 from 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Volunteer Coordinator for the District, Captain Jeff Liming will give a short presentation on what is expected of a District volunteer, review training guidelines/expectations for the recruit academy, provide a tour of the main fire station, and answer any questions regarding the academy and volunteer program.

 

To be eligible to volunteer with the Fire District, an applicant must be at least 18 years old.  There is no need to apply for the volunteer program prior to attending the orientation.  Simply show up and learn about the volunteer opportunities.  Applications will be on hand for those interested.

 

Era of Megafires is coming to Deschutes County in a 3-part series in March. Save the date for the event closest to you. 

Era of Megafires comes to Central Oregon
Nationally recognized ecologist Paul Hessburg presents options for reshaping our wildfire problem

 

Bend, OR: It may not feel like it outside, but fire season is on its way. This March, local partners are coming together to offer three Era of Megafire presentations for Central Oregonians. The Deschutes Land Trust, Sunriver Owners Association, and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District are sponsoring events in Bend, Sunriver, and Sisters.

 

Deschutes Land Trust is hosting Dr. Paul Hessburg as part of their winter Nature Nights series and the Sister’s event, hosted at the Belfry is sponsored in part by the Sisters Science Club. Last year was a record fire year with 9.1 million acres burning in the US. More than 680,000 acres burned in Oregon alone, in at least 33 different fires, one of which was a Megafire that burned over 190,000 acres. Dr. Hessburg will present to the audience an engaging, multimedia presentation about wildfire, its natural role in our local forests, and how that role has changed. Dr. Hessburg will present the multiple options available to our community to reshape the wildfire problem and how we can all better learn to live with fire.

 

Each Era of Megafire event is free to attend; however, registration for the Bend and Sunriver events is required. Date, time, location, and ticketing information is below:

 

Bend with Deschutes Land Trust’s Nature Night: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Tower Theater. Tickets go on sale February 20th here (https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes-events).

 

Sunriver with Project Wildfire: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC). Tickets go on sale February 20th here

(https://sunrivermegafires.eventbrite.com)

 

 

Sisters with Sisters Science Club: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm at The Belfry. Tickets will be available at the door, donations will be accepted but not required (pre-registration is not required).

 

Paul Hessburg, Ph.D., is a Research Ecologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service. He has been studying historical and modern era forests of the Inland West for the last 32 years, publishing extensively in leading national and international journals. His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large & severe wildfires. This presentation is an outgrowth of his research and his concerns for the future.

 

About Deschutes Land Trust:

The Deschutes Land Trust is Central Oregon’s locally-based, nationally-accredited land trust. Since 1995, the Deschutes Land Trust has protected more than 8,900 acres for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. For more information on the Deschutes Land Trust, contact us at (541) 330-0017 or visit www.deschuteslandtrust.org.

 

 

For more information on Project Wildfire visit: http://www.projectwildfire.org 

Thinning Operations to Occur Near Crossroads Subdivision

Goal is to improve fire resilience and increase safety near area

SISTERS– Over the next couple months, the Deschutes National Forest’s Sisters Ranger District will be doing thinning operations near the Crossroads subdivision to create a more fire resilient ecosystem adjacent to the neighborhood.

Background

Fires like the Milli Fire last summer, as well as the Black Crater Fire in 2006, were close calls for Crossroads homeowners. The thinning of the area will create a more fire resilient and healthier forest.

Due to a variety of factors the number of trees per acre across the Deschutes National Forest is well above historical levels. This heavy fuel load has caused fires over the last two decades to generally burn at a higher intensity and at a larger scale, encompassing tens of thousands of acres at a time, unlike the smaller, less intense fires that occurred historically in Central Oregon’s fire-adapted ecosystems.

This thinning work is a part of the broader Sisters Area Fuel Reduction (SAFR) project and will leave the largest and healthiest fire resilient trees as a priority, incorporating a natural looking forest with a mosaic pattern of clumps and groups of trees as well as single trees and occasional small openings. This mosaic pattern mimics how a historical and regular fire regime would otherwise naturally shape the forest. Work previously done through SAFR has reduced the spread of fire during both the Pole Creek, 2012, and Milli Fires.

Current Operations

Thinning operations, which use heavy equipment, currently are underway a mile to the south of the Crossroads subdivision along Forest Service Road 15. At this time operations are done Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; however, as operations get close to the subdivision, activities will begin at 7 a.m. to reduce noise early in the morning.

All operations will take place north and west of Forest Service Road 15 and south of Highway 242.  Some thinning units are adjacent to Crossroads private property while others are not far away.

Operations are ongoing and are expected to be close to the Crossroads neighborhood around

March 1, 2018, depending on weather and soil conditions.

Contact: Jean Nelson-Dean, Public Affairs Officer, 541-383-5561 – USFS

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SISTERS-BASED VETERAN’S ORGANIZATION LATEST RECIPIENT OF LIFESAVING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THROUGH FIRE DISTRICT GRANT PROGRAM

Warfighter Outfitters Inc. is the latest recipient of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) through the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District’s AED grant program.  The goal of the grant program is to maximize the survivability rate from incidents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  One of the best ways to do that is to have as many AED’s as possible deployed throughout our fire district.

Warfighter Outfitters Inc. is a non-profit guide and outfitter providing service to the nation’s veterans on hunting, fishing and engagement trips.  The excursions include anywhere from 2 to over 30 veterans on a trip.  The organization is 100% volunteer based and the trips are funded entirely by donations.   The Fire District grant program covers up to $250 towards the purchase of an AED.  Because Warfighter Outfitters operates on donations only, they needed the full amount of the AED cost covered.  The proposal came before the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and Ambulance Association Board at their January meeting, and they approved the expenditure of Association funds to cover the remaining portion.

Brett Miller of Warfighter Outfitters said, “With the remote nature of our offerings and the generations of veterans we serve, this AED will not only provide crucial, timely, lifesaving support to anyone on the river or in the woods, but will also provide peace of mind to all those on our trips and those around us on the river. This device is not only available to our veterans, but also the community that will be using the same water or land that we are on, and we always have many veterans who are very well trained with the devices.”

Fire Chief Roger Johnson added, “We are honored to provide this life saving support to veterans who have sacrificed so much for all of us”

For more information about the District’s AED grant program, please call 541-549-0771.

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MILD CENTRAL OREGON WINTER INTENSIFIES THE RISK OF COLD WATER RELATED INJURIES AND DEATH

With the recent mild, almost spring-like winter temperatures, many locals and visitors alike are taking to the water, rather than the ski slopes, to recreate in Central Oregon.  Being unguarded in the water, especially when water temperatures are low is extremely dangerous.

According to the National Center for Cold Water Safety, immersion in cold water is immediately life threatening for anyone not wearing thermal protection such as a wet suit or dry suit.  If you’re not using thermal protection, cold water making contact with the skin creates cold shock, and causes an immediate loss of breathing control.  This becomes a threat to life even if the water is calm and you know how to swim.  Cold water immersion can also cause the heart rate and blood pressure to spike, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke for some.  Some cold water deaths happen immediately and others can take hours.  Shock can happen within five minutes while breathing problems can persist for longer. If you’re lucky enough to survive the shock phase, you may lose the ability to use your hands and arms within minutes.  Hypothermia kicks in after about 30 minutes. Even those lucky enough to be rescued are at risk of heart failure or unconsciousness when being removed from the water due to drops in blood pressure.

Being prepared is your best option of staying safe and enjoying the water in Sisters Country year round.  Below are some tips the National Center for Cold Water Safety promotes as their 5 Golden Rules:

  1. Always wear your personal flotation device. It doesn’t do you any good to just have it available – wear it at all times in the water.
  2. Always dress for the water temperature – no exceptions. No one plans to fall in the water, especially during the winter months where water is at its coolest.  Dressing appropriately could save your life.
  3. Field-test your gear.
  4. Swim-test your gear every time you go out.
  5. Imagine the worst that can happen and plan for it.

To learn more about the dangers of cold water, please visit http://www.coldwatersafety.org

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FIRE CORPS PROGRAM AT SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT A BIG SUCCESS

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District formalized a program for auxiliary volunteers in January 2015 by creating a Fire Corps program.  Fire Corps program volunteers are utilized to assist Fire Department and other related community service functions in non-emergency roles as needed for the Fire District.

 

Fire Corps assignments include: Administrative functions (office work, data entry), Life Safety Education such as CPR and First Aid training, Blood Pressure Assessments, green emergency Address Sign Program, public and fire/EMS department assistance and Community Risk (smoke alarms and fire prevention/safety education).  Fire Corps members may also receive training in other duties and programs as assigned by the Fire Chief.

 

The Fire Corps initially started with just a few members and as of December 2017 has 24 members.  The 24 members volunteered 2,532 hours in 2017 assisting the Fire Department with important community and fire/life safety events.

 

Currently, Beverly Halcon is the Fire Corps Chairperson and manages the activities for the members.  The group had many accomplishments in 2017 including:

  1. Completed 416 blood pressure readings during monthly BiMart blood pressure clinics. These are held on the third Tuesday of each month from Noon to 4 p.m.
  2. Installed 40 green reflective emergency address signs throughout the District. The signs help crews quickly locate addresses within the Fire District.
  3. Taught 10 CPR/AED and First Aid classes educating 106 community members.
  4. Performed residential smoke alarm testing along with the American Red Cross covering 29 homes and installing over 91 smoke alarms.
  5. Checked a total of 50 child safety seats through three Sisters area clinics and other regional clinics.
  6. Began an AED grant program encouraging businesses in the Sisters area to purchase automated external defibrillators. Nine additional AED’s were added to the community due to this program.

 

Chief Johnson said, “I am so proud of all of our Fire Corps members.  They provide services for our community that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide.  I am convinced that their efforts have saved lives and will save many more in the years to come.”

 

If you or someone you know might be interested in the Fire Corps program, please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

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SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT FIREFIGHTER PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District recognized the outstanding achievements of Resident Volunteer Rachelle Beiler by promoting her to the position of Resident Volunteer Lieutenant.  The Resident Volunteer Lieutenant is responsible for supervisory support of resident volunteer firefighters and EMT’s in the District’s resident volunteer college program.  The District provides college scholarships and housing to nine students annually who attend fire science or paramedic courses at Central Oregon Community College.  As a Resident Volunteer Lieutenant, Rachelle will receive a scholarship to study fire service administration through Eastern Oregon University.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We are very proud of Rachelle and honored to have her as a member of our leadership team.” Rachelle has been with the District for nearly two years and is studying fire science and paramedicine at Central Oregon Community College.  Rachelle maintains a 4.0 GPA and has attained certification as an EMT, Firefighter 1&2, Apparatus Driver, Hazardous Materials Operations and six national incident management courses.

 

Rachelle discovered Sisters Country in 2015 when she worked as a volunteer at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch East of Sisters.  Rachelle grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania and spent the summer working at the youth ranch.  While not working at the youth ranch, Rachelle signed up to ride along with the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  She fell in love with the community and fire department and applied the following year for the Resident Volunteer Scholarship program.  Rachelle will remain with the fire district during her four-year scholarship program and will receive certification as an Oregon and National Registry Paramedic and receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fire Service Administration.

 

 

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