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Structure Fire at 63357 Deschutes Market Rd (Photo) - 09/25/22

At 3:08 am on Sunday, September 25, 2022, Bend Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Deschutes Market Rd.  Initial reports were of flames venting from an attached garage.  First arriving crews found a fully involved 500 square foot log garage with extension to the exterior of the residence, a two story, 2200 square foot log home constructed in 1988.  Two occupants inside the home evacuated with fire department assistance as they were not awakened by the fire.  Smoke alarms in the home did not sound as the fire was on the exterior.  The garage, which was attached to the residence by a covered breezeway, sustained a roof collapse and was a total loss.  The residence sustained minor smoke and water damage to the interior, with some charring to the exterior and minor roof involvement at the eaves on the west side of the home.  Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structures, and $75,000 to the contents.  This includes two vehicles, a 2014 Toyota Sienna and a 2013 Nissan Leaf that were destroyed, as well as several custom bicycles that were in the garage.  

Upon investigation, it was found that the fire originated in a plastic trash can inside the garage.  The homeowner had spent several hours the previous day staining his deck, and had disposed of the oil soaked rags into the trash can.  

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community that proper disposal of oily rags is key to preventing a spontaneous combustion fire.  Rags should be placed into a metal can, the can filled with water, and a tight-sealing lid placed on the can.  Contact your local disposal company for their policies regarding disposal of the can and contents. For more home fire safety information, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/year-round-safety-tips

Fire danger reduction but burning still closed. - 09/22/22

Even though the weather is changing and we are seeing some rain and colder temperatures, the fire danger is still high, outdoor burning is still closed. Fire danger levels have reduced to High from Extreme throughout Central Oregon but we’re not done with fire season just yet. Warmer, dryer weather returns this weekend and next week and the potential for wildfires return with those conditions.  

Central Oregon fire agencies are working collaboratively to determine the best time to open burning based on weather and fire safety factors. Escaped debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in Oregon. Once a debris burn escapes, there is instant threat to your home, neighboring properties and forest lands. Ensuring the conditions are good for safe burning is key to allowing burning to commence. 

Remember to always check with your local fire agency about specific regulations in your area. There are many cities and communities, like the City of Bend, that do not allow debris burning at all due to air quality concerns. Be sure to always check before your fire, every time. Being sure burning is allowed and safe to conduct is a great first step in preventing escaped fires. Call 541-322-6335 for up to date burning information for anyone living in an area covered by Bend Fire Department. 

Credit Bend Fire
Credit Bend Fire
Cooking fire stopped by fire sprinklers 9-17-22 (Photo) - 09/17/22

Bend Fire Department responded to a fire this evening at the Legacy Landings Apartment building on Tucson Way. Crews arrived to find a fire in the kitchen of a 3rd floor apartment. Majority of the residents had already evacuated the building prior to our arrival. The fire had been controlled by the fire sprinkler system in the building. Crews worked to stop the water and clear the smoke from the building. Building contains 60 apartments on the upper 3 floors and houses a Mosaic Medical Clinic on the ground floor. There was water damage found in the clinic as well but shouldn’t keep the business from opening for regular business on Monday. Damages are estimated at $50,000. 

Due to the water and smoke damage, 5 apartments have been displaced until the clean up can be completed. Red Cross arrived and were helping the 6 occupants find hotel rooms for the night. All other occupants were able to safely return to their apartments. The fire sprinkler and alarm systems were restored to ensure the building was safe for occupancy after the incident. Restoration company is on scene to start the clean up process. 

The fire sprinkler system stopped the fire quickly and helped keep the damage to a minimum. With the fire stopped before it could spread out of the kitchen, the amount of smoke in the building was kept to a minimum and allowed the occupants to evacuated safely. 

Bend Fire Department reminds everyone to keep a watchful eye on anything you’re cooking. Cooking fires are leading cause of home fires in the country. By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

Cook with Caution

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove and oven.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check it regularly; remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Unattended cooking is leading cause of cooking fires in America.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mits, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains – away from the cook top.

If You Have a Cooking Fire…

  • Get out and Stay out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Turn off the stove and oven when you leave if you can do it safely. 
  • Ensure everyone else in the home is evacuating as well. 
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and calling 911 for you. Ensure you have a clear way out too.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it’s completely cooled!
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. 

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Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Structure Fire at 65202 97th Street on 09/17/2022 (Photo) - 09/17/22

At 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 17 2022, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire in 97th Street in the Tumalo area.  First arriving crews found a working fire involving a single family dwelling, a 1979 manufactured home of approximately 1500 square feet.  No one was at home at the time of the fire.  While the majority of the active fire was knocked down quickly, complete extinguishment was challenging due to a large quantity of combustible materials in and around the home.  Bend Fire was assisted by a water tender from Cloverdale Fire District, and the last units cleared the scene at 7:37 pm.  The single occupant of the residence, a renter who did not have insurance, was assisted by Red Cross, and both the home and contents were a total loss.  Losses are estimated at $80,000 for the structure and $20,000 for the contents.  Three cats are missing but may have been able to get outside through a pet door.  

Upon investigation, it was determined that the fire originated outside the residence at the front deck area and extended into the structure. The exact cause of the fire could not be determined but is accidental in nature.

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to encourage anyone who is renting or leasing their residence to have renter's insurance. The homeowner's insurance policy typically does not cover the possessions of the tenant.  Renter's insurance is very inexpensive and may cover not only belongings, but living expenses incurred if your home becomes uninhabitable.  For more information on renter's insurance, visit the State of Oregon's page at https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/Pages/renter-insurance.aspx

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Learn to be a Lifesaver! (Photo) - 09/06/22

After a pause due to COVID, Bend Fire & Rescues FREE Hand Only CPR and Stop the Bleed courses are BACK! Classes will start tomorrow, Wednesday September 7th! 

Our hands only CPR course is a free, non-certified course that teaches our community hands on CPR life saving techniques.  The class will cover what to anticipate from 911 dispatch during the emergency, how to properly and effectively perform CPR, and what to expect when first responders arrive to help.

The Stop the Bleed training is designed to teach our community what to do to stop severe uncontrolled bleeding. This class will teach why severe uncontrolled bleeding is dangerous, how to recognize it, and more importantly how to control the bleeding quickly and effectively.

Hand only CPR and Stop the Bleed courses are taught on the first Wednesday of each month at the Bend Fire & Rescue Training Center – 63377 NE Jamison st. CPR class is from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and the Stop the Bleed is from 6:30pm  to 7:30pm.  The courses are open to ages 12 and up. Please sign up on Bend Fire & Rescues webpage. 

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