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Brush fire on Skyline Ranch Rd 7-22-24 (Photo) - 07/22/24

Bend Fire Department responded to a fire on Skyline Ranch Rd just west of Awbrey Glen Golf Course this afternoon just before 4pm. A neighbor was returning home and spotted a tree smoldering in the middle of a dry grass field and called 911. As the first arriving crew arrived the fire started to spread into the grass and be carried by the wind. Within minutes the fire had grown to ¼ acre and started spreading fast. The first arriving fire engines were assisted by a water tender from Shevlin Sand and Gravel to stop the fire but not before reaching nearly an acre in size. Strong, variable winds played a factor in the speed of growth of this fire. 

Crews were able to quickly stop the grass fire before it reached any trees or the small barn at the south end of the field. The tree was struck by lightning the nigh before and had been smoldering since then. The tree was not smoking earlier in the day but as the weather warmed up and the winds increased the fire started to spread. 

An earlier smoldering fire was extinguished around 230pm in a large open lot east of Caldera High School. The fire was noted by passerby's and called in. The smoldering area was extinguished before it could spread to any brush and trees near by, keeping it to less than 100 sq. feet, cause unknown. 

 

2024 Fireworks on Pilot Butte Fireworks Show Safety Information - 07/02/24

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Brush Fire Hwy 97 MP 136 (Photo) - 06/24/24

At 2:45 pm on Monday, June 24, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported brush fire along the northbound Parkway just north of Butler Market Road.  First arriving crews found a brush fire being pushed to the south by gusty winds.  The progress of the fire was quickly stopped, with railroad tracks to the east and a canal to the south providing natural fire breaks, and the fire was held at ¼ acre.  The Butler Market onramp and the BNSF railroad tracks were closed for fire operations, but have since reopened.  

Upon investigation, it was found that a train had recently passed through the area, traveling to the south.  A small fire along the tracks was also reported in the Redmond area.  BNSF employees stopped and inspected the train and one of the train cars was found to have a locked up brake.  The car was removed from the train at the railyard for repairs and the train continued south.  

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2024 Fireworks on Pilot Butte Limited Access to Pilot Butte 7/1 through 7/5 - 06/24/24

This year’s 4th of July Pilot Butte public fireworks display will commence at approximately 10pm on Tuesday, July 4th, 2024.  In preparation, the Oregon State Parks Department and Bend Fire & Rescue ask that the community observe the following restrictions to Pilot Butte State Park from July 1st through July 5th

  • The access road to the summit will be closed to all vehicle traffic. The gate closes at 10pm on June 30th as part of the normal park operations. It will remain closed until the afternoon of July 5th due to fireworks operations. 
  • All the trails and roadways will be accessible to pedestrians only starting 10:00 pm on June 30thWith the exception of the summit, which will be closed to all but authorized personnel and equipment. Please respect the barriers that will be placed across the road and pathways to prevent access to the summit. This is for everyone’s safety and security. 
  • Access to ALL trails and roadways (top to bottom) on Pilot Butte will be closed on July 4th at sun up through the afternoon of July 5th. No access will be permitted with security and law enforcement on site to enforce restrictions. This is for the safety of the set-up crews and visitors to the park. The area will reopen when the clean-up process has been completed. 
  • Signs/fences and security will be placed at the closure points on the Butte. Please respect the closed areas and do not attempt entry, for your own safety and the safety of those working to set up the fireworks. Visitors will NOT be allowed into the closed areas at any time.
  • The main parking area at the base of Pilot Butte, off Linnea Drive, will be open during the fireworks show. But we ask that you do not block any emergency access roads or public/private streets, as this can delay a response to an emergency.
  • Pilot Butte will re-open for all pedestrian visitors the afternoon of July 5th after all fireworks and equipment have been secured and removed from the site. 
  • Oregon State Parks and Bend Fire & Rescue remind everyone that pets are not permitted in the park during the show.  

The fireworks are presented each year as a gift to the community from Subaru of Bend and their partners. Thanks also to the local Scout troops that help clean up the fireworks each year after the show. A huge thank you to the local fire crews from the US Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry for assisting with the fire safety on the butte during the show. Without their support each year this show would not be possible.

For more information, please contact Oregon State Parks at (541) 388-6055 
or Bend Fire & Rescue at (541) 322-6386.