Sunday’s lightning strikes keeping firefighters busy in the wild…

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Jul 172018

Central Oregon Fire Info

State and federal firefighters have spent the last 24 hours responding to more than 20 small lightning starts across Central Oregon caused by a thunderstorm yesterday evening that delivered several hundred lightning strikes across south and central portions of the state.

Every wildfire so far has been kept to one acre or less, except the Cemetery Fire, burning along the northeast border of the Ochoco National Forest’s Maury Mountains and on a privately-owned ranch, about 30 miles southeast of Prineville. As of Monday evening the fire size is estimated at 700 acres.

First reported around 1 pm today, the fire quickly grew in the strong afternoon winds, burning in both dry shrub and grass rangelands and climbing into higher elevation timbered areas.

More than 110 personnel are now assigned to the fire, including nine engines and four hand crews. The firefighting effort today was assisted by two heavy air tankers, seven single engine air tankers, four helicopters, and the Post-Paulina Rangeland Fire Protection Association.

A fire management team will take command of the incident Tuesday morning at 7 am, and the Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crew is expected to arrive Tuesday as well.

Temperatures nearing 100 degrees and gusty winds created aggressive fire behavior Monday, and the same is expected for Tuesday afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect Tuesday starting at 4 pm through Wednesday at 10 pm for high temperatures, low humidities and gusty winds.

Redmond Fire is enroute to a brush fire at the east end of Antler – homeless encampment

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Jul 162018

Redmond Fire units are enroute to East Antler to a report a brush fire in an area used for homeless encampments. Initial reports say a generator may have caused the fire that is now consuming a tree. Those in the area are trying to contain the fire with shoveling dirt and sand on it.

Firefighters have the upper hand. Fire should be out pretty quick.

Fire out. Crews mopping up.

Redmond Man Busted for Speeding and Trying to Elude Bend Police

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Jul 142018

At approximately 7:50 PM “Friday evening, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies engaged in a pursuit on 15th Street near Knott Road in Bend. Deputies attempted to stop a red 1998 VW Jetta for a seatbelt violation. The vehicle was occupied by two males. The driver sped away eastbound on Knott near Scale House at speeds in excess of 50 mph before turning northbound on 15th Street for a distance of approximately ¼ mile before the driver’s side front tire came off.

The driver attempted to continue to elude while driving on the brake assembly before stopping near the Bridges housing development before the vehicle became undriveable and it stopped. The passenger got out cooperatively and was detained. The driver, Jake Daniels, 24 of Redmond, locked all the doors, and began taking his clothes off and acting erratically. Deputies had to break out several windows in order to remove Daniels from the vehicle. Daniels was taken into custody and later transported to St. Charles Medical Center by deputies for treatment relating to the broken glass from the broken windows. One deputy received medical treatment relating to the broken glass during efforts to take Daniels into custody. Daniels was identified as having a warrant for probation violation. Alcohol and/or drugs are still being investigated as possible contributing factors in the incident.

Grass fire alongside homes just east of Redmond Home Depot had residents scared for a while friday afternoon

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Jul 142018

Grass fire broke out east of Home Depot Friday afternoon.

Fire took off pushed by a late afternoon wind.

The fire had plenty chew on while Redmond Firefighters set up the water sources and hose lines.

Firefighters got ahead of the flames and cut off it’s easterly push across the field toward Hwy 97.

The wind blew and the water flew, drowning hot spots that remained.

Redmond Firefighters remained on scene for several hours drowning hot spots and denying the wind a chance to rekindle the blaze.

The cause of the fire was tentatively aimed at a debris pile at the fence line but no cause of ignition has yet been released. Nearby residents were very lucky the wind was blowing toward the east…otherwise the outcome would likely have been far different. No homes were lost or even damaged.

Canal Boulevard Update –

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Jul 132018

Access to Canal to the south cut off at Veterans Way.

Canal closed at Obsidian.
Detours abound.

South Section (Roundabout to SW Timber Ave)
Concrete crews will be pouring sidewalks, driveway approaches and catch basins from the roundabout to SW Volcano Ave. We will notify residents when access to driveways will be affected. Please refrain from walking on recently poured sidewalks. Crews have to replace sidewalk that is damaged from pedestrians and vandalism. Replacing sidewalks adds time to the project schedule.

Knife River crews will continue to install sedimentation manholes, drywells and 8-inch storm pipe from SW Volcano Ave to SW Timber Ave.

The intersection of South Canal Blvd and SW Meadow Lane (Volcano east) will be closed. Please use the intersection of South Canal Blvd and SW Wickiup Ave.

North Section (SW Canal Blvd to SW Quartz Ave
(SW Obsidian Ave and 11th Street)

* SW Canal Blvd will remain closed between SW Veterans Way and SW Quartz Ave until October 2018.
* SW Obsidian Ave will be closed from South Canal Blvd to 12th St. Local access will be permitted from the west on Obsidian Ave via SW 15th St. No access will be permitted onto SW Obsidian Ave from South Canal Blvd.

Thanks for your patience!

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Wildfire score card from Oregon Dept. of Forestry, USFS and BLM

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Jul 132018

Wildfire report

Central Oregon wildfire updates Friday, July 13

Redmond, OR — Central Oregon wildland firefighters have responded to several small wildfires over the last 24 hours, in addition to continued suppression of the Solitude Fire.

Friday, firefighters report that a vehicle fire in Jefferson County next to Pelton Dam spread into roadside vegetation. Thanks to quick action by firefighters muscled the fire to the ground before it grew beyond 1/10th of an acre. The fire was located on the east shoulder of NW Pelton Dam Road and reported at 3 pm today.

Around 1:30 PM today, a wildfire was reported on the Paulina Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest on Round Mountain near Walton Lake. The fire is currently estimated at 1/3 rd of an acre in size, burning in heavy fuels. The responders include three engines, a helicopter, air attack, and helo-rappellers.

Helicopters are dipping out of Walton Lake for the suppression effort.
The Solitude Fire is now 75 percent contained and reassessed at 708 acres in size. The fire was first reported Sunday around 6:30 pm, burning about 5 miles west of the town of Spray along state Highway 19 and the John Day River. Around 250 firefighters remain assigned to the incident, including multiple air tankers and helicopters. The response includes state and federal firefighters, private contractors and the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association.

A Red Flag warning remained in effect Friday from 4 pm through 11 pm due to high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity. The high temperature in Redmond today was 102 degrees with a breeze.

There are currently no public use restrictions in effect across federal lands in Central Oregon, except annual campfire bans along the Crooked, Deschutes and John Day rivers on Prineville BLM-administered lands. Central Oregon federal lands are currently under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, which allows chainsaw use, but requires they are shut down by 1 pm each day to avoid fire danger in the afternoon hours.

US Bank and Chamber of Commerce Bacon, Brews and Balloons at Sam Johnson Park

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Jul 132018

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce Presents US Bank’s Bacon, Brew, & Balloons Fest! July 28th.

Everyone loves Bacon, Beer, & Balloons so come join The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB at Redmond’s most exciting fundraiser of the summer! US Bank’s Bacon, Brew, & Balloons Fest is July, 28th from 5pm-10pm, and will be held at Sam Johnson Park in Redmond.

You will get the chance to bid on some incredible items donated by our amazing Chamber members and other businesses throughout Oregon at the Silent Auction. It will start at 5 and end at 7:30pm. All proceeds from this event go to support the many free community events the Chamber puts on throughout the year! Your support helps us decorate Redmond for the holidays, offer the Holiday Village Market, put on Music on the Green, host our annual parades, and the many other services and events provided by your Chamber.

This year, the Bacon, Brew, & Balloons Fest will be held in the Dry Canyon at Sam Johnson Park, Redmond. Watching the Balloons, listening to live performances from The Tangents & Tim Cruise, and enjoying a beautiful Redmond evening in the park will be 100% FREE to the public. But! RSVP’s are highly recommended! For only $40, you can eat all the bacon inspired food you want, enjoy several included drinks, be entered into a raffle for an amazing prize, and relax in our exclusive seating area.

For those less interested in the drinking part of it, but still want to enjoy the food, get our Designated Driver ticket for $20, all the same perks as VIP just sub in non-alcoholic beverages for the beer. If your just thirsty you can buy one of our festival cups that comes with a $10 beer card. To keep the brews flowing we will have additional $20, $10, & $5 beer punch cards.

We’re very thankful to our sponsors, including Title Sponsor US Bank, as well as LS Networks, Secure Storage Redmond, Floor Coverings International, Your Care Medical, Big Foot Beverages, Bend Broadband, Kobold Brewing, Wild Ride Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Ancestry Brewing, Avid Cider, Riverbend Brewing, 10 Barrel, Goodlife, Silver Moon, Deschutes Brewery, Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, and Bend Radio Group.

To RSVP or to get more info, Call or email Kara Roatch at the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB at 541-923-5191 or