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Gas line struck on Shevlin Park Rd east of the Mt Washington roundabout 2/22/24 (Photo) - 02/22/24

Bend Fire is currently on scene of a gas line struck by contractors installing the new sewer line along Shevlin Park Rd. Shevlin Park Road is now closed in both directions between the roundabouts at Mount Washington and Northwest Crossing. We are asking drivers to avoid the area. Bend Fire is providing safety support to cascade natural gas as they work to stop the leak.

initial reports indicate this is a 6 inch gas line. The brake is a ways away from buildings and homes and is not posing in immediate threat at this time. But the odor of gas is detectable in the area. We suggest anyone living in the area to keep all their doors and windows shut as a precaution and keep the smell out. No evacuations or orders to shelter in place have been issued at the time of this release.

As more information becomes available, we will update this release. At this time there’s very limited access to the area for the Media due to the location of the break and roads of the incident.

 UPDATED INFO- the line was confirmed by CNG as a 4in line not 6. CNG is estimating 1-2 hours before the leak is stopped. 

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Fire sprinkler saves apartment building in SW Bend - 02/18/24

AT 1016 PM on the night of February 17th, Bend Fire and Rescue responded to a reported fire on a first-floor patio at the Stillwater Crossing apartment complex. 2 Engines, a medic unit, a ladder truck and 1 command vehicle responded. The first arriving engine found a smoldering fire that had been extinguished by a single activated fire sprinkler. The crews assured the fire was completely out and shut down the system. All residents were able to return to their apartments. An investigation determined the cause was likely improper disposal of cigarette smoking material. Damage was limited to $2000 of contents and minor damage to the structure. The sprinkler system prevented significant loss to the structure and displacement of multiple occupants.

 National data show that the presence of fire sprinklers in residences drastically reduce the fire damage and potential for loss of life. 

 

Credit Bend Fire
Credit Bend Fire
Kitchen fire in Deschutes River Wood 2-11-24 (Photo) - 02/11/24

Bend Fire Department responded to a reported kitchen fire Sunday evening. Crews were dispatched to Cree Circle in Deschutes River Woods around 5:30pm when the occupant called 911 that his house was on fire. The occupant and his dogs evacuated safely and were not harmed. Fire crews arrived and found the fire was starting to spread to the roof and attic. The fire was quickly knocked down with water from the outside. Crews then worked through the kitchen ceiling to ensure the fire was completely extinguished and secured before leaving the scene. 

The owner stated he had been cooking dinner and accidentally left the stove on with the frying pan on the burner. The remaining oil caught fire and spread up through the vent to the attic and roof. The fire damage is estimated at $15,000. Red Cross was contacted to assist the occupant after the fire. 

Cooking fires is the leading cause of home fires in the country. Bend Fire Department reminds everyone to keep a watchful eye on anything you’re cooking. 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. 

Attached Media Files: Credit Bend Fire
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Motorhome Fire north of Juniper Ridge (Photo) - 02/10/24

This morning a fire was reported off of Highway 97 near mile post 131, north of Bend, in an area located north of Juniper Ridge. The fire was called in around 09:00 on February 10th, after multiple reports of a large smoke column in the area.  A fire engine and support vehicle from Bend Fire & Rescue and units from Deschutes County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene.  Units on scene found a fully involved motorhome on fire with severe damage.  Bend Fire units extinguished the fire and performed a fire investigation. Reports from a witness on scene stated that the single occupant of the motorhome had informed him of the fire and left the scene prior to emergency units arrival.  The fire is still under investigation at this time and an updated media release will be completed when more information is obtained. 

Bend Fire would like to remind everyone to be extremely cautious when using any kind of open flames, in or outdoors.  If open flame devices are being used always have them attended and well away from combustible materials, have working smoke alarms properly installed and never fall asleep with an open flame in use.  Before using open flame devices that are intended for cooking or heating, read and follow the manufacturers guidelines and follow local codes that pertain to their use. 

Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Fire in Juniper Ridge 2/8/24 (Photo) - 02/08/24

At 8:00 am on Thursday, February 8, 2024, Bend Fire & Rescue and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to multiple reports of smoke coming from the Juniper Ridge area along the east side of Hwy 97 north of Wiley Circle.  Upon arrival a fully involved 24 foot travel trailer was found, with no extension to nearby trees and vegetation.  

Two wildland interface engines were able to quickly knock down and extinguish the fire, which occurred on federal Bureau of Land Management property approximately 100 yards east of Highway 97 and north of the hydro plant.

The trailer was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no witnesses.  The cause of the fire was not able to be determined.  

The two most common causes of residential fires are cooking and heating.  Bend Fire & Rescue recommends that anything that produces heat needs space around it - this includes space heaters, fireplaces, woodstoves, and cooking appliances.  Maintain a 3 foot clearance between any heat source and anything that can burn, and never leave cooking or heating equipment operating unattended.  For more safety tips, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/year-round-safety-tips.