Fire department reminders: 1. All backyard debris burning, commercial burning and agricultural burning is prohibited within city limits and Deschutes County Rural Fire District #2. 2. Do not discard cigarettes outside in vegetation or decorative bark mulch. Cigarette fires are one of the leading causes of fire in Bend. 3. Keep lighters and matches away from children. 4. Before lighting campfires check with the forest service to determine specific closures.
The fire department also urges residents to be prepared for wildfire season. Be sure your home has a good defensible space around it, clean out gutters, cut dry grasses, etc. Residents can prepare their homes by checking information at: www.bendoregon.gov/wildfiresafety.
Residents can also call for a free property and home risk assessment at 541-322-6309.