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A northwest Bend community is being recognized tonight nationally for reducing the risk of wildfires sweeping through the neighborhood and destroying homes. The Bend Fire Department says that the 43 home "Rimrock West" neighborhood off of Archie Briggs Road is receiving the coveted "Firewise Community" award.  Susie Maniscalco is a Deputy Fire Marshal with the Bend Fire Department. "Rimrock West is nestled at the base of Awbrey Butte and it’s located where there's a lot of dead, dry materials; old growth, juniper and bitterbrush that sort of thing. So they were very ripe for the possibility that if a wildfire came through that area that homes could be lost."  And it's not outside of the realm of possibility. In 1990 the Awbrey Hall Fire destroyed 22 homes and the Skeleton Fire burnt 17 houses.

 

 

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